Tour : Between December 30, 2019 to January 5, 2020
Famous, large, comic operetta by Johann Strauss Jr.
International production of Musichall (Belgium) with top soloists, choir and live orchestra.
120 employees in a contemporary direction and setting.
Sung in German with Dutch subtitles.
Tour: Between December 30, 2019 to January 5, 2020.
Die Fledermaus (The bat) is a comic operetta by Johann Strauss jr. From 1874 on a German libretto by Karl Haffner and Richard Genée. It is one of the most famous and most performed operettas ever written.
The house of Eisenstein
Outside the house of Gabriel von Eisenstein and his wife Rosalinde opera singer Alfred expresses his love for Rosalinde, to the great dismay of Rosalinde who recognizes the voice of her former lover.
Rosalind’s chambermaid Adele has received a letter from her sister Ida in which she asks for a dress from her madam to “borrow”, then go that evening to the house of Prince Orlofsky where a big party will be going on.
Adele is looking for an excuse to get away. She bursts into tears and tells Rosalinde that her aunt has become very ill and nursing needs. Rosalinde refuses to let her go because she can not be missed right now.
Then comes to her dismay Alfred. He refuses to leave before Rosalinde has promised him
that he may come back if she is alone. Rosalinde admits and Alfred leaves.
Just in time, because a furious Eisenstein rushes in, closely followed by his lawyer, Dr. Blind.
Eisenstein’s tantrums have caused him to go into the cell for five days.
They have tried to avert this, but because of Eisenstein’s behavior in the courtroom, he has another three days
recovered, of which he blames Dr. Blind. He should report to the prison that evening,
otherwise they will get him. Dr. Blind is put outside. Then Eisenstein’s friend enters Dr. Falke.
He persuades Eisenstein to go to the party of Orlofsky that evening instead of going to prison.
Eisenstein, however, makes Rosalinde suspect that he is going to jail.
Rosalinde now makes her own plans and releases Adele.
After an “emotional” farewell Eisenstein leaves, and immediately Alfred comes back, who immediately turns out his outerwear and put on Eisenstein’s dressing gown. Both are at the supper when Frank arrives in prison for Eisenstein to arrest. Cleverly, Rosalinde asks Alfred to pretend he is her husband, to avoid a scandal.
He agrees and leaves for the prison with Frank.
The ballroom in Villa Orlofsky
Adele greets her sister who is amazed to see her there.
She did not send Adele a letter and therefore did not ask her to come to the party.
They decide to present Adele to the prince as Olga, an artist.
Orlofsky complains to Falke that he can not laugh anymore and is bored to death everywhere.
Falke replies that he will probably laugh tonight, because he has put on a dramatic banter,
called The Revenge of the Bat, and one of the actresses has just arrived.
Ida presents Adele as her sister Olga. Orlofsky gives the ladies an envelope with money to try their luck at the game.
Then arrives Eisenstein who is represented by Falke as marquis Renard, and Orlofsky drinks a vodka with him.
The girls return from the gaming tables because they have lost everything.
Eisenstein recognizes Adele, still in his wife’s gown, but pretends to be badly insulted
that he is looking for a lady from a stand for a chambermaid. Eisenstein kicks in and makes excuses.
Then prison director Frank appears, who is presented by Falke as chevalier Chagrin.
Orlofsky asks Falke about that bat, and then Eisenstein tells he and Falke
I went to a costumed ball where Falke was dressed as a bat,
that he left him in the morning on the market square,
after which Falke had to walk home in the bat costume under the laughter and shrieking of the people.
Orlofsky asks if Falke has not yet taken revenge, but Eisenstein replies that he is on his guard.
On the question of when will be eaten Falke says that one still has to wait for a lady,
a Hungarian countess who will arrive incognito because she wants to remain unknown.
The lady eventually arrives; it is Rosalinde who reacted to a letter from Falke
in which he asks her to come see her husband’s punishment: on the arm of a lady, whom she recognizes as Adele.
She decides to take revenge. Eisenstein discovers the unknown lady and begins to decorate her with a tinkling ladies
watch. With a ruse, Rosalinde knows how to put her hand on the clock and leaves a bewildered Eisenstein.
The party continues and the champagne flows richly, and both Eisenstein and Frank get pretty tipsy.
Then the clock hits six o’clock, and the party-goers leave.
The office of prison director Frank
Cipier Frosch has had a tough night, especially because the gentleman from cell no. 12, Alfred,
has sung all night and now calls for a lawyer.
Fortunately, Frosch has his drink that keeps him going.
A rather tipsy Frank arrives at his office and asks about the course of events.
Frosch says that number 12 wants a lawyer, and Frank says he should give him his sentence.
Then the bell and Adele and Ida come in.
Adele confesses that she is not an artist, but only the chambermaid of Eisenstein.
She wants to ask Frank if he does not want to give her training. Then the bell rings again. It is Eisenstein who is
serving his sentence.
Frank has to laugh at this, because he, he believes, arrested Eisenstein himself last night,
while he was supper with his wife. Eisenstein understands nothing and decides to find out how it is.
Frank is called away by Frosch and then comes Dr. Blind in, who is called as a lawyer for Eisenstein.
Eisenstein takes him off his clothes and wig and closes him up.
Alfred then appears for an interview with his lawyer, and a little later Rosalinde arrives, who does not recognize her
husband, disguised as a lawyer.
They tell their story and Eisenstein waves a finger of accusation, which both find rather strange as he is their lawyer.
Then he no longer stops and he reveals who he is, and screams for revenge.
Then Rosalinde leaves Eisenstein’s bell tinkling and asks who wants revenge here now.
Eisenstein now realizes that Rosalinde was the unknown Hungarian, but he does not understand anything else.
Then the whole company of the previous evening comes in, and Falke reveals that everything was a big joke he
had come up with to pay Eisenstein the bat affair.
Eisenstein asks Rosalinde for forgiveness, Orlofsky decides to give Adele a training and everyone is happy again.