Opera Cheat Sheet

Opera Cheat Sheet: Die Fledermaus

A quick intro to Strauss’ beloved operetta, Saturday’s noon Met Opera broadcast.

In this week’s OCS, Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn and Eric Skelly of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra 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?

[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)]

 

Die Fledermaus at Opera in the Heights 2013
Die Fledermaus at Opera in the Heights 2013

 

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