Strauss's Die Fledermaus

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Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Met presents an archival broadcast of Johann Strauss Jr.’s lively operetta Die Fledermaus, originally broadcast on January 20, 1951.

A traditional New Year’s favorite at opera companies, the production features an A-list cast led by longtime Philadelphia Orchestra music director Eugene Ormandy in his Met debut season. Also featured are Patrice Munsel as Adele, Marguerite Piazza as Rosalinde, Risë Stevens as Prince Orlofsky, Richard Tucker as Alfred, John Brownlee as Dr. Falke, Charles Kullman as Eisenstein, and Oscar-nominated comic actor Jack Gilford in the speaking role of Frosch.

The single intermission will include “In Memoriam,” the Met's annual tribute to company stars who have passed away during the previous year.   Among the artists to be featured are Giorgio Tozzi, Cornell MacNeil and Salvatore Licitra.

Comments [4]

Silversalty from Brooklyn

OK. I'm a "bit" loaded. Forgive the 'Barbarbino' intonations, but "Wha? Whey? So it was originally broadcast in 1951. When's the rebroadcast? And "whey?" No matter. If I missed it or will miss it. Patrice, who I vaguely remember from "What's My Line?," was surely a 'babe,' and don't call me Shirley, to quote un Canadien. Gilford reminds me of Harpo Marx in that shot.

I don't get the "unfortunate" about the TB ward. Good on them for thinking of others at risk. We could use a lot more of that sort of sentiment today.

Dec. 31 2011 08:06 PM

Couldn't they present a different "Fledermaus". Sirius presented this one during the first week of December. Why not give us the one with Di Stefaano - no reflection on Tucker. It would have been nice to hear Giuseppe>

Dec. 31 2011 01:59 PM
larry eisenberg from new york city

A soupçon too sweet for my taste
But vocally too great to waste,
Full of gemuchlichkeit,
A bit of all right,
The dialogue? Viewed with distaste.

Dec. 31 2011 01:38 PM

Wonderful, lively performance. Most unfortunate that it was performed & recorded in a tuberculosis ward.

Dec. 31 2011 01:17 PM

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