Who is the mystery guest lined up for masked ball?

Die Fledermaus at Buxton Opera House on November 29.

Die Fledermaus at Buxton Opera House on November 29.

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Company chiefs have revealed the identity of a high-profile mystery guest who will appear in a production of the opera Die Fledermaus.

The Mayor of High Peak, Councillor Stewart Young, will make a spectacular entrance in the show at Buxton Opera House on Sunday, November 29.

Wearing his full regalia, the mayor will appear in the masked ball scene and engage in some amusing repartee with the host, Prince Orlofsky, involving champagne fountains and a toast to Buxton.

Die Fledermaus, a light- hearted opera with themes of love, laughter and sweet- hearted revenge has a long tradition of appearances by special guests at the prince’s ball. The tradition was started by Strauss himself and since then the ball has welcomed many guests including Joan Sutherland and Griff-Rhys Jones.

The production by Ellen Kent and Opera & Ballet International is set in 19th century Vienna and combines a cast of colourful characters with some of opera’s most popular musical moments.

Sung in English, the show will include some scenes from the Russian Die Fledermaus which are unique to this production.

Tickets £36.50-£40.Call 01298 72190 or visit www.
buxtonoperahouse.org.uk