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Gulfshore Opera premiere’s a fresh take on Die Fledermaus titled “The Bat’s Revenge”

Southwest Florida’s regional touring opera company Gulf Shore Opera kicks off the first formal production of its eighth season with debut performances of “The Bat’s Revenge.”

The show is an innovative retelling of Johann Strauss’ operetta “Die Fledermaus.” The production maintains much of the original story, including all the champagne, celebration and trickery, but instead of being set in Vienna, Austria on New Year’s Eve 1899, this version takes place during the golden age of Hollywood in the 1930s.

We talk with the creator of the show, opera director and librettist Josh Shaw, who serves as co-founder and artistic director of the Pacific Opera Project in Los Angeles. Shaw has come to Southwest Florida to direct performances of this debut production.

If You Go:

Gulfshore Opera’s production of “The Bat’s Revenge”

Thursday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.

Charlotte Performing Arts Center

701 Carmalita St., Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Saturday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m.

Estero High School

21900 River Ranch Rd., Estero, FL 33928

Sunday, Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Silverspot Cinema at Mercato

9118 Strada Pl #8205

Naples, FL 34108