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Die Fledermaus (1984)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kiri Te Kanawa Kiri Te Kanawa ... Rosalinde
Hermann Prey Hermann Prey ... Gabriel von Eisenstein
Dennis O'Neill Dennis O'Neill ... Alfred
Hildegard Heichele Hildegard Heichele ... Adele
Paul Crook Paul Crook ... Dr. Blind
Benjamin Luxon Benjamin Luxon ... Dr. Falke
Michael Langdon Michael Langdon ... Colonel Frank
Ingrid Baier Ingrid Baier ... Ida
Doris Soffel Doris Soffel ... Prince Orlofsky
Richard Hazell Richard Hazell ... Ivan
Josef Meinrad ... Frosch
Patrick Fyffe Patrick Fyffe ... Prince Orlofsky's Guests (as Dame Hilda Bracket)
George Logan George Logan ... Prince Orlofsky's Guests (as Dr. Evadne Hinge)
Charles Aznavour ... Prince Orlofsky's Guests
Merle Park Merle Park ... Dancer


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Release Date:

January 1984 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El murciélago See more »

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Did You Know?


Die Fledermaus is frequently alluded to in comic books, TV shows, and movies featuring American pop culture icon Batman, most often by having Bruce Wayne "just happen" to be watching or listening to this opera. Both Die Fledermaus and Batman are men dressed as Chiropters, and both have a co-star named Alfred. In this production there is an astounding coincidence which further cements the connection between the two bats: Alfred is played by Dennis O'Neill, who has almost the same name as legendary Batman comic book editor Denny O'Neil. See more »


Dame Hilda Bracket: She doesn't drink, dear.
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Version of Die Fledermaus (1931) See more »


Di quella pira
(from opera "Il Trovatore") (uncredited)
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Dennis O'Neill
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"The Waltz King's zestful and tuneful comedy fizzes along like musical champagne"
8 September 2009 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Watching this flawless production of the operetta Die Fledermaus put a much-needed smile on my face. The music is just delightful from start to finish, from the overture to the champagne chorus, and although I love Strauss's music, this made me appreciate it even more. The dialogue sparkles just as much as the music, and was constantly fast-moving and hysterically funny, Alfred in the last act especially.

The production, from 1984, is exquisitely designed with wonderful sets and colourful costumes. And the singing was just superb, with Hermann Prey wonderfully energetic in the role of Eisenstein, and Kiri Te Kanawa in perfect voice as Rosalinde. Hildegarde Heichele is fine as Adele, and Dennis O'Neill, with a lot of improvisation in the mix was hilarious as Alfred. And Doris Soffel is a sheer delight as Prince Orlofsky.

The choreography by Frederick Ashton and David Drew was expertly done, as you expect from Ashton, who in his time was an inspirational choreographer. The title of my review comes from the critic who praised the production as "under Placido Domingo, Strauss's zestful and tuneful comedy fizzes along like musical champagne". In this case, this summed up Domingo perfectly, who despite looking different than he does when singing Caveradossi and Pinkerton, makes an impressive and understated British debut as conductor.

Overall,a very funny and just wonderful production, that I have enjoyed more than any other opera production I've seen. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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