OH, WHAT AN OPENING NIGHT! With music by Johann Strauss II and a libretto by Carl Haffner & Richard Genee, Die Fledermaus (The Bat) is considered by most critics to be the greatest of all Viennese operettas! Returning to the Santa Fe Opera stage after an absence of 25 years and sung in English, this is the perfect night out for opera-newbies and opera-lovers alike!
Premièred on April 5, 1874 in Vienna, this frothy and frolicsome Strauss masterpiece features waltzes as intoxicating as champagne. Both abound at Prince Orlovsky's masked ball, where elaborate plots are uncorked and romantic assignations go astray. At the epicenter of it all is suave Gabriel von Eisenstein, blissfully unaware that the piquant Hungarian countess he is wooing is actually his wife, Rosalinde. By daybreak, the party guests find themselves at the city jail, where the Eisensteins recharge their mutual passion, and everyone is free to leave, following a final chorus, of course — in honor of champagne!
This summer's stellar cast includes Susan Graham as Prince Orlovsky, with Paula Murrihy in the role on July 14 and August 1; Kurt Streit as Gabriel von Eisenstein; Devon Guthrie as Rosalinde; David Govertsen as Frank; Dmitri Pittas as Alfred; Joshua Hopkins as Dr. Falke; Jane Archibald as Adele; and Kevin Burdtte as Frosch. Conducted by Nicholas Carter, the production is directed by Ned Canty with scenic design by Allen Moyer, costume design by Zack Brown and Christianne Myers, lighting design by Duane Schuler, and choreography by Seán Curran. Our Santa Fe Opera Apprentices will be under the driection of Chorus Master Susanne Sheston.
Last performed on the Santa Fe stage in 1992, this is a new Santa Fe Opera production. Die Fledermaus will be sung in English with English dialogue, with opera titles in both English and Spanish. The run time is 2 hours and 15 minutes, with two intermissions.
Production underwriting support generously provided by The Estate of Suzanne Hanson Poole and Robert & Ellen Vladem.