Operetta at the Teatro del Maggio from Sunday 16 January 2022
Debut of Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss jr., Mehta on the podium, Köpplinger as director
Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 20.00 first performance of the five in the bill (18, 20, 21, 23 January 2022) for Die Fledermaus, 'The Bat', famous and effervescent operetta, among the most represented in the world, in three acts (in May represented in two parts) signed by Johann Strauss Jr.
On the podium of the great hall of the Teatro del Maggio is the emeritus director Zubin Mehta at the head of the Choir and Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. The direction is entrusted to Josef Ernst Köpplinger, who makes his debut at the Teatro del Maggio. The choreography is by Karl Alfred Schreiner; the Overture is by Meike Eber & Raphael Kurig, the dramaturgy is by Fedora Wesseler. The choirmaster is Lorenzo Fratini.
A very interesting cast: Markus Werba as Gabriel von Eisentstein, Olga Bezsmertna as Rosalinde, Alex Tsilogiannis as Alfred, Regula Mühlemann as Adele and Reinhard Mayr as Frank.
As hilarious as it is cracking, the story told in The Bat is not only the most famous of Strauss' operettas, but a miracle of the melodic felicity that many composers (including Brahms) envied the Viennese waltz king. Along with Lehár's Merry Widow, it is the most frequently performed of the genre that emerged in the mid-19th century and was supplanted by 20th-century musical comedy.
Die Fledermaus has only been performed once before at the May Festival, in 2015.
Act I: 50 minutes
Intermission: 30 minutes
Act II and Act III: 1 hour 40 minutes
TOTAL: approximately 3 hours