Die Fledermaus

Music Johann Strauß Text Richard Genée & Karl Haffner

Cast 03.01.2021

Musical Direction Cornelius Meister
Production Otto Schenk
Stage Design Günther Schneider-Siemssen
Costume Design Milena Canonero
Choreography for "Unter Donner und Blitz" Gerlinde Dill

Details

Rarely has a work struck Vienna with such immediacy as Johann Strauss’ »Die Fledermaus«. After its premiere in 1874, the piece was frequently performed, in 1894 court opera honours were bestowed upon it, after which it has remained in the repertoire almost continuously. Ever since 1900, it is nearly always performed on New Year's Eve. With a happy lightheartedness, the most famous of all operettas takes a suggestive look at erotic and social disguise beneath the facade of the 19th-century bourgeoisie – dancing and political and social commentaries included. The always prominent »surprise guest« in the second act of the State Opera’s New Year’s Eve performance is also steeped in tradition: this year, it is soprano Asmik Grigorian, who will make her debut in September in the »Madama Butterfly« premiere.