Called La Chauvre-Souris in Montreal, the operetta by Johann Strauss II dates from 1874 and is based on the German libretto by Karl Haffner and Richard Genée. Once it debuted at Hamburg Opera House it has become a regular at all the prominent opera houses in Europe.
Stage director Oriol Tomas has adapted the operetta for a Montreal audience. Vienna has now become Montreal/Westmount in the 1930s. The cast is completely Canadian and led by Quebec tenor Marc Hervieux.
The story revolves around a ball hosted by Prince Orlovsky (Emma Parkinson). Gabriel (Marc Hervieux) decides to attend the ball, in effect delaying his stay in prison, despite telling everyone that he is going to prison. He has been sentenced to spend a few days in jail in punishment for insulting a high official. At the ball he spies a beautiful, but mysterious Hungarian countess who catches his eye. The woman is actually his wife, Rosaline (Caroline Bleau), who is not supposed to be there either, but she, Adele (Marianne Lambert) and Frank (Alexandre Sylvestre), the warden of the prison, have all be invited by Gabriel’s friend Falke (Dominique Côté). Falke wants revenge on Gabriel for something that happened in the past.
Lie after lie has occurred. So much so that there is so much confusion that they all end up at the jail the next morning. Bewilderment abounds which is sure to equal enjoyment by the entire audience.
-Dates: January 26, 29, 31 and February 2, 2012
-Venue: Place des Arts – Salle Wilfrid Pelletier
-Ticket Purchase: www.billetterrie.qc.ca
-Ticket Prices: $48.52, $51.13, $71.13, $75.49, $94.62, $100.70, $118.97, $127.67 (plus handling charges)
-Show Time: 7:30 p.m.