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Die Fledermaus


Sunday, March 29, 2020 2:00PM
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre

Die Fledermaus





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Die Fledermaus


an operetta by Johann Strauss II

University Opera Theatre
University Philharmonia Orchestra

Reserved Seating $30 and $24 • Students $13 with ID

Prince Orlofsky is throwing a lavish party, and you’re invited! Dr. Falke has a plan for revenge against his friend Gabriel von Eisenstein, and Prince Orlosfky’s party is the perfect setting. Eisenstein, at the urging of Falke, does not tell his wife Rosalinde that he is attending the party, as he’s been told there will be many beautiful dancers in attendance. Unbeknownst to Eisenstein, Rosalinde is also invited; she attends masquerading as a Hungarian countess hoping to catch her husband in a dalliance. As the night goes on, secrets are revealed and disguises come off. There is a happy ending for all with the jokes and festivities behind them as they come together in laughter at their human shortcomings.

Premiering in 1874 at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Die Fledermaus was not an immediate success, as many of the patrons thought the practical joke plot was rather low-brow. The following production in Berlin, and the revival in Vienna, however, were a rousing success. The first performance in the United States was performed at the Thalia Theater in New York in 1879. Full of mischief, mistaken identities, and merriment, Die Fledermaus is Johann Strauss II’s most loved operetta, featuring the Hungarian aria “Csardas,” and Orlofsky’s “Toast to Champagne.”

This production will be sung in German with dialogue in English and projected English translations.