(The Bat) by Johann Strauss
English translation by Marcie Stapp.
Performances March 13, 14, 20, 21.
“‘Die Fledermaus’ is a fun and laughable opera,” says Jim Schmidt, LVO’s Managing Director. “Because it will be performed in English rather than the traditional German, it’s a great opportunity for someone who has never been to opera before. You’ll catch all the humor and hilarious antics of the characters.” San Francisco Stage Director David Cox agrees. “It’s full of lively music and a witty, humorous plot. But most of all it’s a big party. That’s all you need to know.” “Die Fledermaus” is the story of Gabriel von Eisenstein, who through the incompetence of his lawyer, has been sentenced to spend eight days in the town jail. Although the situation is seemingly tragic, Eisenstein, his wife Rosalinda, and their ambitious maid, Adele, have devised their own convoluted plots to get the most out of the situation. At a magnificent ball, Rosalinda works to catch her philandering husband in a flirtatious act, while a drunken jailer, new friends and relationships round out the evening, ending with one of the most famous drinking songs in opera. Most notable is that “Die Fledermaus” is known as the work that defined Viennese opera. “The familiar melodies of ‘Die Fledermaus’ are unmistakably Strauss,” adds Schmidt. “If you love waltzes, you’ll love the music of ‘Die Fledermaus’.”
“Die Fledermaus” (The Bat) is a delightful operetta by Johann Strauss, full of lively music and a witty, humorous plot with well-defined characters. Eisenstein prepares to bid his wife, Rosalinda, farewell. Through the incompetence of his lawyer he has been sentenced to spend eight days in the town jail. Although the situation is seemingly tragic, Eisenstein, his wife, and their ambitious maid, Adele, have devised their individual ways to get the most out of the situation. The evening continues with Prince Orlovsky giving a magnificent ball. New friends and repaired relationships occur with twists and turns and plenty of preposterous, funny situations. And how does this end? With all the complications solved, everybody joins in singing a toast in praise of champagne!
Rosalinda – Stephanie Cook & Jessica Siena (double cast)
Eisenstein – Daniel Ebbers
Adele – Jillian Boye & Susanna Jimenez (double cast)
Alfred – David Gustafson
Dr. Falke – Igor Vieira
Dr. Blind – Michael Desnoyers
Prince Orlovsky – Cybele Gouverneur
Frank – Sascha Joggerst
Frosch – Michael Crozier
Ida – Meghan McGovern