Opera Orlando Announces Major Cast Changes for ‘Die Fledermaus: The Revenge of the Bat’

By David Salazar

Opera Orlando has announced a major casting change for its upcoming performance of “Die Fledermaus: The Revenge of the Bat.”

Soprano Susan Hellman Spatafora will take on the role of Rosalinda, taking over for Abigail Rethwisch, who was announced as part of the cast back in mid-November. She has appeared with such companies as Palm Beach Opera, Opera Tampa, Sarasota Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, and Central City Opera, among others. This will be her MainStage debut with the company.

Additionally, Alfred will be performed by Opera Orlando veteran David Margulis, while Kyaunnee Richardson will make her MainStage company debut as Adele.

“We have been rolling with the punches as we have re-planned and modified our season, and all of us at Opera Orlando are excited to be back in the theater, presenting ‘Die Fledermaus,’” stage director Grant Preisser stated in a press release. “Instead of trying to make a traditional approach work, we have really let the current state of things drive the show without sacrificing its infectious fun and energy, putting safety first, not only for the audiences but for all those involved with the production, and really letting the gorgeous music and singing shine. We have assembled a stand-out cast for this production, and even with a few last-minute changes, audiences will want to be at this party of an opera.”

The opera is set to be performed on Dec. 17 and 19 at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.