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Photo submitted The Minot Chamber Chorale has partnered with the Western Plains Opera Company for the production of “Die Fledermaus”. Emerson Eads, center, is artistic director of the Minot Chamber Chorale and chorus master for the production of the operetta. This photo from a dress rehearsal on Wednesday was taken by Abbie Naze.

Putting on a production of any opera takes a village, a big investment from the community and volunteers. The production of “Die Fledermaus” has the investment of members of the Minot Chamber Chorale, who partnered with the Western Plains Opera Company in lending their voices to this production, appearing in two of the three acts.

“Die Fledermaus” opened Friday and will be played again tonight at 7 a.m. at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall on the campus of Minot State University.

The second act opens with a party scene at Prince Orlofsky’s lavish villa, where the choir opens the act by singing, dancing, laughing, toasting, and drinking copious amounts of champagne. In the third act, after much scheming, mistaken identities and occasional episodes of infidelity, Prince Orlofsky comes to an end with all his assembled guests, who frenziedly praise love and, of course, , champagne.

Eric Furuseth, who has sung over 37 productions with the Western Plains Opera Company in lead roles, and as a backing vocalist, also served as president of the opera company for years, is a dedicated member of the Minot Chamber Chorale . The choir’s star viola, Cheryl Nilsen, graces the stage in another production. There are many other singers with their own stories.

Emerson Eads, artistic director of the Minot Chamber Chorale, is also the chorus master for this production.



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