UMass Amherst Symphony Orchestra to provide live accompaniment

AMHERST (Mass.) – The UMass Opera program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Music and Dance is pleased to present Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus on Saturday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 13 at 3 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium. The performances will be sung in English; all attendees must agree to abide by the department’s protocols regarding COVID-19 (see below).  

Perhaps the most beloved operetta ever written, Die Fledermaus (or The Bat) features practical jokes, masked identities, a test of true love, and other lively goings-on, all conveyed by the memorable and virtuosic music of Strauss and the witty libretto by Karl Hafner and Richard Genée.

The artistic team for this production features several UMass faculty members, including Marjorie Melnick (musical preparation), Tony Thornton (Chorus Master), and Morihiko Nakahara conducting the UMass Symphony Orchestra. Nathan Troup from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee will return to UMass as stage director.

Tickets are $20 for the general public and $15 for seniors; students and children 17 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased at the Fine Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 413-545-2511, or online at

Important COVID-19 information: In accordance with current guidance from the university regarding events, all attendees must wear a face mask; those ages 5+ must also be prepared to present either (1) proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 (the original CDC vaccination record card, a copy of the card, or mobile photograph of the card) plus a matching photo ID bearing the same name; OR (2) proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test with collection date and time stamp within 72 hours of the event. For UMass faculty, students, and staff, a valid UCard is sufficient to verify full vaccination (read the full safety policy here).

Free and secure parking is available in the nearby Campus Center Garage, located on Campus Center Way. Visit the Fine Arts Center website for more information or refer to the UMass interactive parking map.

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