Johann Strauss, Jr.

Die Fledermaus

Dec 4 - Jan 7

James Levine brings his incomparable musicianship to Johann Strauss, Jr.’s beloved operetta for the first time in his 45-year Met career. The Met’s glittering recent production stars soprano Susanna Phillips as Rosalinde, tenor Toby Spence as her philandering husband, Eisenstein, and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham in the glamorous trouser role of Prince Orlofsky.

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  • Sung In
  • English
  • Met Titles In
  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Estimated Run Time
  • 3 hrs 22 mins
  • House Opens
  • Act I 44
  • Intermission 35 mins
  • Act II 50 mins
  • Intermission 32 mins
  • Act III 41 mins
  • Opera Ends
Dec 4 - Jan 7

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A scene from Die Fledermaus

World premiere: Theater an der Wien, Vienna, 1874. Met premiere: February 16, 1905. The supreme example of Viennese operetta, Die Fledermaus both defines and transcends that genre. Its story centers on a magnificent masked ball, given by a Russian prince, that brings together all the main characters in various disguises. The three-act journey from boudoir to ballroom to jail provides ample opportunities for farce and humor, but also for genuine human emotion and a surprisingly realistic view of urban life.

Creators

Johann Strauss, Jr. (1825–1899), the most successful member of a Viennese family of composer-musicians, is best known for his dance music, particularly waltzes and polkas. The libretto to Die Fledermaus was written by German dramatist Karl Haffner (1804–1876) and German-born author and composer Richard Genée (1823–1895). The Met’s production features English dialogue by playwright Douglas Carter Beane and lyrics by director Jeremy Sams.

Lyrics by Jeremy Sams

Dialogue by Douglas Carter Beane

Production Jeremy Sams

Set and Costume Designer Robert Jones

Lighting Designer Jen Schriever

Choreographer Stephen Mear

Johann Strauss, Jr.

Composer

Johann Strauss, Jr.

Setting

A scene from Die Fledermaus

The action takes place in Vienna in the late 19th century. The Met’s production is set on New Year’s Eve, 1899.

Music

The score of Die Fledermaus is a rare blend of the sparklingly entertaining with the substantial. It contains some of the most infectious and irresistible melodies ever written for the stage, and several of the solos are vocally challenging even by operatic standards. The dance forms that Strauss excelled at are not only present in their own right, as in the ball in Act II and the famous overture, they also form the basis of much of the vocal music.

Met History

When General Manager Rudolf Bing presented a new production of Die Fledermaus in December 1950, it was only the operetta’s 11th performance at the Met. By the end of the season it had been given a record-breaking 31 times. Actor Jack Gilford came from Broadway to play the jailer Frosch, and soprano Patrice Munsel became a star with her comic performance of the maid Adele.

A scene from Die Fledermaus