Opera Hamilton began its 30th anniversary season this weekend with a production of Johann Strauss’s fun and flighty Die Fledermaus. A rather silly tale of a stale marriage enlivened by flirtation, with a social-climbing chambermaid, a strange Russian prince and a revenge-seeking friend, it’s full of recognizable music that gets the audience swaying and tapping feet. And with Strauss, there has to be a wonderful waltz at a ball.
Performed in the beautiful, impressive Great Hall of Hamilton Place, Opera Hamilton’s work is proof that you don’t have to struggle with Toronto in order to enjoy first-rate entertainment.
Opera Hamilton was also just the recipient of a $140,000 grant from The Ontario Trillium Foundation. “Popera Plus” in late January and La Bohème in April are the next scheduled works in the Opera Hamilton season. Are you a fan of opera or Hamilton Place? Do you prefer local entertainment or do you love the excitement of Toronto?