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A New Year’s Eve Celebration with Johann Strauss II

A comic operetta performed in English

On New Year’s Eve, Eisenstein is being forced to go to jail for punching a police officer. However, he decides to postpone jail for one night so that he can go to Prince Orlofsky’s lavish soirée with his friend Falke. Meanwhile, Rosalinda knows that Eisenstein is lying and follows him in disguise as a Hungarian countess. Adele, their maid, feigns an excuse to be released from work that night so that she can also go to the soirée disguised as a Russian opera singer named Olga. After many mistaken identities, Eisenstein attempts to seduce his own wife without knowing it is her. Much frivolity and many festivities behind them, the great farce ends up with a happy ending for all.

Dec. 31, 2017 @ 2:00 pm & Jan. 6, 2018 @ 2:00 pm

First United Methodist Church
216 E. Highland Ave, Elgin, IL 60120

Adults $25 in advance ($30 at the door) / Students $15

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Parking: Free City parking deck on Highland Avenue across street from church.


Solange Sior, Soprano Rosalinda, wife of Eisenstein
Nicholas Provenzale, Baritone Gabriel Eisenstein, husband of Rosalinda
Mikaela Schneider, Soprano Adele, the Maid
Franco Martorana, Tenor Alfredo, old flame of Rosalinda
Aaron Wardell, Baritone Dr. Falke, friend of Gabriel
Eric J. McConnell, Bass-baritone Dr. Blind, Gabriel’s lawyer
Barbara Landis, Mezzo-Soprano Prince Orlofsky
Marissa Simmons, Mezzo-Soprano Sally, sister of Adele
Kimberly Jones, Soprano The Diva
Kathleen Monson, Soprano Marlena, an opera singer
Lindsay Dasenbrock, Soprano The Doll

With the participation of:

  • Chamber Music on the Fox
  • Soirée Lyrique’s Young Artist Chorus
  • Pianist Dr. Chiayi Lee
  • Conductor Rosemary Schroeder


SolangeSior web     nicholasprovenzale web     MikaelaSchneider web     francomartorana web
 Solange Sior    Nicholas Provenzale   Mikaela Schneider   Franco Martorana
aaronwardell web   EricMcConnell web   BarbaraLandis web   MarissaSimmons web
 Aaron Wardell   Eric J. McConnell   Barbara Landis   Marissa Simmons
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 Kimberly Jones   Kathleen Monson   Lindsay Dasenbrock    


Production underwitten by:

Sterling "Stu" Ainsworth
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Soirée Lyrique, NFP
326 Wilcox Ave
Elgin, IL 60123
(224) 595-1526

Soirée Lyrique is a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt not-for-profit organization