Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss and starring Ruth Ann Swenson. Presented by Opera New Jersey and the State Theatre. Join Opera New Jersey for their festive concert-staged production of Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss. Combine bubbling champagne with waltzes, mistaken identities, a practical joke, and masquerades and you get a performance overflowing with the delightful melodies of Johann Strauss, the Waltz King of Vienna! Starring internationally-renowned opera star Ruth Ann Swenson as Rosalinde--a role she sings for the first time in her career! One of the leading sopranos of our day, Swenson has won critical and public accolades internationally on all the world's major opera stages including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Opera National de Paris, Royal Opera Covent Garden, and Berlin State Opera. She is praised as an artist with an instrument of uncommon warmth and beauty matched by dazzling technical abilities. Music Critic Anthony Tommasini declared that "…for sheer beauty of sound and purity of tone Ruth Ann Swenson can not be topped..." Music Critic David Patrick Stearns proclaimed that "Ruth Ann Swenson has progressed from being one of opera's great voices to one of its finest singing actresses." Presented with a live orchestra and chorus in English with English surtitles.