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The cast I saw on 21 July 2005 was excellent. Robin De Leon as Rosalinda and Oliver Henderson as her husband, Gabriel von Eisenstein were the flirtatious but very much in love couple at the center of the action. Vocally and visually, they were superb.

Robin De Leon as Rosalinda in Ohio Light Opera's production of 'Die Fledermaus'. Photo © 2005 Matt Dilyard
Robin De Leon as Rosalinda in Ohio Light Opera's production of 'Die Fledermaus'. Photo © 2005 Matt Dilyard

As the mischievous Adele, Sarah Asmar stomped or flounced around the stage, tossing off her numerous high notes as though they were nothing. Michael Hix was the suave Dr Falke, who engineers the plot within a plot, and Joshua Kohl was the adorably air-headed Alfred, the tenor. Rosalinda's Csárdás, Adele's Laughing Song and Orlofsky's Chaçon a son goût were the musical highlights.

Alta Boover as Count Orlofsky in Ohio Light Opera's production of 'Die Fledermaus'. Photo © 2005 Matt Dilyard
Alta Boover as Count Orlofsky in Ohio Light Opera's production of 'Die Fledermaus'. Photo © 2005 Matt Dilyard

Alta Boover had a blast as Prince Orlofsky, giving us all a treat with her antics, and Jeremiah Butterfield was suitably gauché as Frank, the prison warden. Frosch the jailor, in the person of Kevin Blickfeldt was the only weak point, which confused nearly everyone in attendance. This is a role that has been known to bring down the house as the hilariously drunken jailor goes about his so-called duties. Unfortunately, the part was drastically shortened, and Frosch ended up neither drunk (poor him) nor funny (poor us).

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Copyright © 26 July 2005 Kelly Ferjutz, Cleveland USA

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