Opera

Die Fledermaus

Johann Strauss (1825 – 1899)
Operetta in three acts | Libretto: Richard Genée, based on the play "Le Réveillon" (1872) by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, in the German translation by Karl Haffner
First performance: 1874 in Vienna

Lutz van der Horst, Benjamin Russell, Romina Boscolo, Chor
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Ensemble, Chor, Statisterie
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Ensemble, Statisterie
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Benjamin Russell
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Romina Boscolo, Stephanos Tsirakoglou, Felicitas Geipel, Gloria Rehm, Peter Bording, Netta Or
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Lutz van der Horst, Statisterie
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Lutz van der Horst, Peter Bording
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Erik Biegel, Peter Bording, Netta Or
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Lutz van der Horst
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Gloria Rehm, Lutz van der Horst
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Lutz van der Horst, Stephanos Tsirakoglou, Peter Bording, Aaron Cawley, Netta Or, Erik Biegel
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Benjamin Russell
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Peter Bording, Netta Or
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Lutz van der Horst, Stephanos Tsirakoglou
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Peter Bording, Aaron Cawley
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Netta Or
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Romina Boscolo, Benjamin Russell, Felicitas Geipel, Stephanos Tsirakoglou, Gloria Rehm
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Peter Bording, Gloria Rehm
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Lutz van der Horst, Benjamin Russell, Peter Bording, Romina Boscolo, Statisterie
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Aaron Cawley
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Peter Bording, Benjamin Russell, Ensemble, Chor, Statisterie
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“His majesty is acknowledged: he is jubilantly crowned champagne The First!”
Anything can happen under the intoxicating influence of the masquerade and alcohol – but the hangover may be unforgiving!

The longing to escape the mediocrity of bourgeois life is at the centre of “Die Fledermaus”: to be someone else just once, to free oneself from the shackles of marriage and experiment with secret lusts, or to shake off those dreaded financial worries… And so the colourful cast of characters set off to attend Prince Orlofsky’s grand masked ball, only to encounter one another once again – this time without realising it, because they are incognito. Thus Eisenstein unknowingly sidles up to his own wife Rosalinde (who had set her sights on a fling with a third party) and the couple’s oh so safe bourgeois existence seems in serious danger of collapse. They all lie and deceive each other, only to end their champagne frenzy in the sobering-up cells, where some harsh confessions, realisations and life lessons lie in wait for all involved.

With its sparkling music and clever plot, “Die Fledermaus” has stood the test of time as one of the most ambiguously seductive operettas in the repertoire. The music is consistently exhilarating and the plot – in which people escape to a fantasy world in order to contend with personal and political crises – remains startlingly relevant today.

Cast

Conductor Michael Helmrath, Christoph Stiller
Director Gabriele Rech
Stage Designer Dieter Richter
Costume Designer Susanne Füller
Chorus Master Albert Horne
Choreography Myriam Lifka
Lighting Designer Andreas Frank
Video E.S. Mayorga
Dramaturgy Katja Leclerc
Gabriel von Eisenstein Peter Bording
Rosalinde Netta Or, Camila Ribero-Souza, Sharon Kempton
Frank Stephanos Tsirakoglou
Prince Orlofsky Romina Boscolo, Silvia Hauer
Alfred Aaron Cawley, Richard Furman
Dr. Falke Benjamin Russell, Alexander Knight
Dr. Blind Erik Biegel
Ida Felicitas Geipel, Nina Links
Frosch Lutz van der Horst
Adele Gloria Rehm, Katharina Konradi, Stella An
Chor & Statisterie des Hessischen Staatstheaters Wiesbaden, Hessisches Staatsorchester Wiesbaden