Johann Strauss Jr.'s Die Fledermaus

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

A scene from Act 2 of Johann Strauss, Jr.'s 'Die Fledermaus' with Susanna Phillips as Rosalinde. A scene from Act 2 of Johann Strauss, Jr.'s "Die Fledermaus" with Susanna Phillips as Rosalinde. (Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

Saturday at 1 pm, WQXR brings you the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Die Fledermaus, Johann Strauss Jr.'s waltz-filled operetta set in fin-de-siecle Vienna on New Year's Eve.

Director Jeremy Sams has set out to bring the comedy back into this perennial work. He translated sung lines into English and made them rhyme and updated the jokes to be more 2014. He even cast comedic Broadway actor Danny Burnstein to play the drunken jailer.

There is certainly no dearth of vocal talent. The cast includes Susanna Philips, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Jane Archibald, Christopher Maltman, Michael Fabiano, Paulo Szot and Patrick Carfizzi. If you're looking for a festive opera to listen to this Saturday afternoon, the Met's production of Die Fledermaus will provide.

Cast:
Conductor: Adam Fischer
Rosalinde: Susanna Phillips
Adele: Jane Archibald
Orlofsky: Anthony Roth Costanzo
Eisenstein: Christopher Maltman
Alfred: Michael Fabiano
Dr. Falke: Paulo Szot
Frank: Patrick Carfizzi
Frosch: Danny Burstein
Ida: Betsy Wolfe 

Comments [9]

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DD~~

Jan. 13 2014 09:29 PM

While 'Fledermaus' was on stage, I was at Lincoln Center (Library) hearing a great, FREE, chamber music concert. NYC has a lot to offer.

Check out my blog, if you're interested:
http://nyconcertmeister.blogspot.com/

DD~~

Jan. 13 2014 09:21 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

I wanted to enjoy this but Ira Schiff would not let me.

Jan. 12 2014 08:23 AM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

To view my critique expressed earlier properly it may be wise to mention my background. I am an opera composer ["Shakespeare" and "The Political Shakespeare"] and the director at the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute of Boonton, NJ. where I teach voice and train artists in all the Wagner and Shakespeare roles. One may hear my singing LIVE from the main hall, the Isaac Stern Auditorium of CARNEGIE HALL, four solo concerts by downloading, FREE, 37 out of the nearly 100 selections that I have sung there by going to RECORDED SELECTIONS on my websites www.WagnerOpera.com, www.ShakespeareOpera.com and www.RichardWagnerMusicDramaInstitute.com

Jan. 11 2014 06:41 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

DIE FLEDERMAUS and ZAUBERFLOTE, operas that over many many years have been used to celebrate festive occasions with translations into the language of the country where the vernacular would be understood, especially so to enjoy the comedy values. The radio broadcast offers sufficient audio representation to make judicious critiques. In their own roles each sang well and the conducting improved as the performance continued. For the jaded opera fan, there were, perhaps, from their own experience, nostalgically remembered better sung performances. In a more serious vein, there are composers whose contribution to music is equally solid and deserving of hearings. ARNOLD SCHOENBERG was born in Vienna on September 13, 1874. Surely he deserves mention, even if this occasion, this year, marks ONLY his 140th birthday year. I will be singing the tenor music from his "DAS LIED VON DER ERDE." I am a Wagnerian romantischer heldentenor and director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute. I will sing the four song cycles that are most often performed in their orchestral garb: Wagner's "Wesendonck Lieder," Mahler's "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen," Mahler's "Das Lied von der Erde" and Schoenberg's "Gurre-Lieder" at the New Life Expo at the Hotel Pennsylvania in NYC on Saturday March 22nd at 6 PM. I have sung four three-hour-long solo concerts in the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall including programming the Wagner and the first named Mahler song cycle.

Jan. 11 2014 06:31 PM
Adele (a.k.a. AF) from Nassau County, Long Island

I am quite enjoying the delightful music of this opera (despite the gloom weather)!

Jan. 11 2014 04:40 PM
Lechathouse from New York

Funny, what I found irritating was Fabiano bellowing as if he was singing Italian opera. Vienese operetta needs to be lighter and more lilting.

Jan. 11 2014 04:01 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

Wanted to listen to this while doing my thing as a background noise. Had to turn it off because the overly long intermissions with Ira Schiff never shutting up. Talk, Talk, Talk. Who does this guy know? Is he connected?

Jan. 11 2014 03:38 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

Wanted to listen to this while doing my thing as a background noise. Had to turn it off because the overly long intermissions with Ira Schiff never shutting up. Talk, Talk, Talk. Who does this guy know? Is he connected?

Jan. 11 2014 03:38 PM

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