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Opera Cheat Sheet

Opera Cheat Sheet: Die Fledermaus

A quick intro to Strauss’ beloved operetta, this Saturday’s noon opera broadcast.

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On this week’s OCS, Houston Public Media’s arts & culture director St.John Flynn and resident opera expert Eric Skelly discuss Johann Strauss Jr.’s Viennese romp Die Fledermaus, a paean to champagne and the enjoyment of the pleasures of the moment set in 19th-century Vienna. What happens when Gabriel von Eisenstein goes off to Prince Orlofsky’s ball rather than to jail?

Die Fledermaus is this week’s Lyric Opera of Chicago broadcast airing Saturday at noon on Houston Public Media Classical 91.7.

[The musical excerpts in this OCS are taken from the EMI recording featuring Willi Boskovsky conducting the Vienna Symphony Orchestra & the Vienna State Opera Chorus.  Nicolai Gedda, Eisenstein; Anneliese Rothenberger, Rosalinde; Renate Holm, Adele; Brigitte Fassbaender, Orlofsky; Adolf Dallapozza, Alfred; & Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Falke.  (CMS 7 69354 2)]