[Soprano Kathleen Monson will be a guest artist in "Die Fledermaus."]
Tomell: Who are some of the other singers?
Sior: We have mezzo-soprano Barbara Landis, who is the artistic director of Chamber Opera Chicago. She's a friend of mine. She's singing the Prince Orlofsky pants role. We're excited to have her. She's a fantastic actress. Everybody's got a big resume. Our tenor Franco Martorana sings with The Other 3 Tenors. He has a beautiful … voice. He and I will be singing again Feb. 25 at the Norris Cultural Arts Center in St. Charles.
Tomell: A St. Charles patron is helping make the production possible?
Sior: We're very grateful to have a very generous sponsor and longtime friend, Sterling "Stu" Ainsworth. He wants us to make [this show] really special.
The cast also features soprano Mikaela Schneider as Adele, the maid; baritone Aaron Wardell as Dr. Falke; bass-baritone Eric McConnell as Dr. Blind and the jailer; mezzo-soprano Marissa Simmons as Sally, sister of Adele; soprano Kathleen Monson as Marlena, an opera singer; and soprano Lindsay Dasenbrock as the Doll. In Soirée Lyrique's Young Artist Chorus is Michael Hudetz of Batavia.
If you go
WHAT: Soirée Lyrique presents a fully staged production of “Die Fledermaus”
WHERE: First United Methodist Church, 216 E. Highland Ave., Elgin; free parking deck across from church
WHEN: 2 p.m. Dec. 31 and Jan. 6
COST: $25 for adults in advance or $30 at the door; $15 for students; not intended for children younger than 6
INFO: Tickets at 847-622-9988 or firstname.lastname@example.org; soireelyrique.org