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Strauss: Die Fledermaus / Popp, Gruberova, Fassbaender, Weikl, Berry [DVD]

Album Summary

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Die Fledermaus
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Arthaus presents the quintessence of operetta 'Die Fledermaus' in a lavish staging from the theatre where it is most at home: the Vienna State Opera. Under the direction of theatrical living legend Otto Schenk, a dream-team of perfectly matched singers made this a memorable night in true Viennese style. The premiere of this 1979 staging was greeted enthusiastically by the audience, and a legend was created, one that has spread beyond Viennese opera-going circles. Now released on DVD, the show is as fresh as ever, reveling in that particularly sparkling New Year's Eve spirit.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 169 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Catalan


An exciting production!
What a wonderful operetta production with the Vienna State Opera! Lucia Popp shines, not unexpectedly, as Rosalinde. Her Csardas is fantastically done with great style and feeling. I was particularly taken with Bridgette Fassbaender as Prince Orlofsky. Rarely have I seen a pants role performance without constantly being aware of the awkwardness that comes from a woman playing a man’s role, but Fassbaender is fantastic! The sets and costumes are exquisite, and the cast is highly energetic. Although larger-than-life stage acting sometimes looks silly on screen, where we’re used to more subtle movements, it is refreshing to see such an ensemble cast of actors. You won’t find any “stand and deliver” performances here! The stage direction by Otto Schrenk and the choreography by Gerlinde Dill are equally interesting and exciting. Most importantly, the singing is all top notch. A professional production in every way!
Submitted on 08/17/10 by NashvilleMusicProf 
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Works Details

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Die Fledermaus
  • Performers: Anton Wendler (Tenor); Bernd Weikl (Tenor); Lucia Popp (Soprano); Helmut Lohner (Voice); Erich Kunz (Baritone); Josef Hopferwieser (Tenor); Edita Gruberova (Soprano); Karin Göttling (Soprano); Brigitte Fassbaender (Mezzo Soprano); Karl Caslavsky (Voice); Walter Berry (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Theodor Guschlbauer
  • Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874