About Die Fledermaus
A spectacular new production of Johann Strauss’ operetta by the renowned Jeremy Sams (The Enchanted Island) sets the action in fin-de-siècle Vienna. The sets evoke the style of that time--think the gilded paintings of Gustav Klimt--and Strauss’s frothy comedy of trickery, mistaken identity, and love takes on new resonances. Susanna Phillips and Christopher Maltman are the principal singers, with Adam Fischer conducting.
The Metropolitan Opera was founded in 1883, making its first home in a building at 39th and Broadway before moving to Lincoln Center when construction on the new Metropolitan Opera House was finished in 1966. The company quickly established itself as a serious contender in the competitive world of international opera, early on attracting such renowned singers as Nellie Melba, Enrico Caruso and Rosa Ponselle. Its stage has continued to attract the greatest vocal artists of subsequent generations from around the globe, including Roberta Peters, Luciano Pavarotti, Sherrill Milnes, and Plácido Domingo.
Under Met General Manager Peter Gelb’s leadership, the 2013-14 line-up includes a startling new take on Rigoletto, beloved standards ranging from I Puritani to Der Rosenkavalier, the return of Tony winner Paolo Szot in the comic and absurd The Nose, and a new work from the 21st century, Nico Muhly’s Two Boys.
Sung in German with Met Titles in English, German, and Spanish.
Not yet announced
Binoculars are available for a $5 rental fee at the coat check station on the South Concourse. All operas are translated by the Met Titles system, which appears on seatbacks, stanchions and at standing room locations. Drinks and snacks are available pre-curtain and during intermission at bars on all levels. The Revlon Bar and Grand Tier Restaurant offer more substantive dining options. No food or drink is allowed in the auditorium. Photography and sound recording are forbidden. Bags, parcels and luggage are not permitted in the theater. The doors open 45 minutes before curtain. Latecomers will not be seated until intermission, and patrons who leave the auditorium will not be readmitted until intermission.
Did you know?
Strauss was known as the “Waltz King,” and that distinctive dance plays a central role in the opera.
Strauss’ father was also a composer, but he didn’t want his son to follow in his footsteps, going so far as to beat his son when he discovered him practicing the violin. The elder Strauss eventually abandoned his family, leaving the younger to pursue music as a career unhindered.
This is opera at its lightest and most whimsical, and Jeremy Sams’s inventive production design will make this a Die Fledermaus to remember.
Good for kids?
The themes are likely too adult for most children
The Metropolitan Opera Location Information:
New York, NY 10023
1 to 66th St./Lincoln Center