OPERA AT THE CONCERT HALL
JOHANN STRAUSS THE YOUNGER: THE BAT (DIE FLEDERMAUS)
TCH IN COOPERATION WITH THE THESSALONIKI STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
A Greek National Opera Production (2014)
Operetta in three acts, libretto by Karl Haffner and Richard Genée
The work is performed in Greek
With a subject that is light and refreshing, a plot full of humour, misunderstandings and twists and, of course the wonderful music with its brilliant waltzes, it is easy to understand why Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss the Younger in such a few years became the most famous, popular and representative Viennese operetta. Since 1874, a century-and-a-half ago that is, it has not stopped entertaining and giving pleasure to the public all over the world, thus transferring through its carnival atmosphere and champagne bubbles a little of the glory of the imperial belle epoque.
The plot of the play is based on a farce that had happened in the past. Three years earlier, and after a carnival ball, the bon viveur Gabriel von Eisenstein has abandoned his friend in the city centre, drunk and dressed in the costume of a bat. Now Falke, with the consent of the Russian Prince Orlofsky, who stages a grand ball, uses the situation to get playful and innocent revenge, implicating the wife and female servant of his friend. After an evening of drinking wine, wearing costumes and being misunderstood, the next day they all end up in prison for different reasons, where the truth is finally revealed.
In 2014 the Greek National Opera staged a modern version of Die Fledermaus in which the palaces of the Austro-Hungarian empire were replaced by the Athenian salons of the 1960s, the Viennese nobles by the colonels of the April coup and the Russian princes by Soviet ambassadors. This much-discussed and extremely successful production of Die Fledermaus, five years after it was first staged, is again presented in a new, large production of the Thessaloniki Concert Hall and the State Orchestra of Thessaloniki, with the same main actors but with a different delivery, orchestra and chorus.
30€, 25€, 20€, 15€, 10€ (reduced)