About Die Fledermaus
Note: While most of the Electronic Field Trip to Kentucky Opera features the opera Susannah, viewers also get a peak at a scene from Die Fledermaus and learn a little about the props, costumes, and other aspects of Die Fledermaus that set it apart from Susannah.
Excerpts from Kentucky Opera's Guide to Die Fledermaus
Music and Libretto by Johann Strauss
Libretto by Carl Haftner and Richard Genée after Meilhac and Halévy's Le Revillon from Roderich Benedix's play Das Gafaengnis
Premiere: Vienna, Theatre an Der Wein; April 6, 1874
Kentucky Opera's production of Die Fledermaus is conducted by Daniel Beckwith, with Stage Direction by Michael Albano.
Synopsis (summarized from Kentucky Opera Guide)
Time: 1874 Place: Austria
This opera, in three acts, concerns mistaken identities and schemes centering on Gabriel von Eisenstein, his wife Rosalinda, and the people around them.
In Act 1, set in Eisenstein's home, Rosalinda is being wooed by Alfred. Eisenstein faces a short stay in jail because of an altercation with a policeman.
And their maid Adele is trying to find a way to escape her duties and attend a ball at Rince Orlosky's. The act concludes with Rosalinda caught having dinner with Alfred. She persuades him to pose as her husband, and he is escorted off to jail.
Act II, Prince Orlofsky's Villa. Adele, Eisenstein, and Rosalinda all turn up at the ball and assume other personalities. Adele, as Mademoiselle Olga, is dressed in Rosalinda's clothes, thus arousing Eisenstein's suspicions.
Rosalinda, as a Hungarian Countess, is introduced to Marquis Renard, really Eisenstein, who attempts to charm her. She convinces him to give her his watch. By the party's end, Eisenstein laments the loss of his watch and realizes he must head off to prison.
Act III, At the Prison. Over the course of the act, all the principals arrive at the jail and spend a good deal of time either in disguise or trying to straighten out who is who. Eventually Eisenstein, disguised as as his lawyer Dr. Blind, learns his wife dined with Alfred.
She says her husband was out of town. When he reveals his true identity, she in turn produces his pocket-watch, and he learns that she is the Hungarian Countess.
As others from the party arrive, Eisenstein learns that his friend Dr. Falke has been playing a prank and believes Rosalinda's rendezvous with Alfred was a part of the prank, and all is forgiven.
||The Eisenstein's Maid
|Gabriel Von Eisenstein
||Citizen of Vienna
||Matthew Di Battista
||A rich Russian
|PLUS 40 members of Kentucky Opera chorus