Opera Scotland

Fledermaus Die Fledermaus; The Bat;

Tours by decade

1910s - 1 tour

1910 - Beecham Opera Comique Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1930s - 7 tours

1930 - Covent Garden Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1931 - Covent Garden Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1934 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1935 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1937 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1938 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1939 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1940s - 2 tours

1940 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1941 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1960s - 3 tours

1960 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1961 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1968 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1970s - 3 tours

1975 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1976 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1979 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1980s - 3 tours

1981 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1988 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1989 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1990s - 2 tours

1990 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1997 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra

2000s - 7 tours

2002 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
2003 - English Touring Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
2003 - Tayside Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
2006 - Scottish Opera
Fully staged, piano accompaniment
2006 - Haddo House Choral & Operatic Society
Fully Staged with Orchestra
2006 - Ellen Kent Productions
Fully Staged with Orchestra
2007 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged, reduced orchestration

2010s - 8 tours

2011 - Opera della Luna
Fully Staged, reduced orchestration
2011 - Opera Camerata
Fully Staged, reduced orchestration
2014 - Tayside Opera
Concert performance
2014 - Edinburgh Studio Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
2016 - Aria Alba - Opera for All
Other
2016 - Ellen Kent Productions
Fully Staged with Orchestra
2017 - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Fully Staged with Orchestra
2019 - Clyde Opera Group
Fully Staged with Orchestra

Tours by location

Scotland, UK - 94 entries

1910 - Beecham Opera Comique Company
Glasgow
1910 - Beecham Opera Comique Company
Edinburgh
1930 - Covent Garden Opera
Edinburgh
1931 - Covent Garden Opera
Edinburgh
1934 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1934 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Aberdeen
1934 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1935 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1935 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1937 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1937 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1938 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1938 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1939 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1939 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1940 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1940 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1941 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Glasgow
1941 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Edinburgh
1960 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Edinburgh
1960 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Aberdeen
1960 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Glasgow
1961 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Glasgow
1968 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Glasgow
1975 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
1975 - Scottish Opera
Aberdeen
1975 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
1976 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
1979 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
1981 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
1981 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
1988 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
1988 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
1988 - Scottish Opera
Aberdeen
1989 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
1990 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
1997 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
1997 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
1997 - Scottish Opera
Aberdeen
1997 - Scottish Opera
Inverness
2002 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
2002 - Scottish Opera
Inverness
2002 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
2002 - Scottish Opera
Aberdeen
2003 - English Touring Opera
Perth
2003 - Tayside Opera
Dundee
2006 - Haddo House Choral & Operatic Society
Ellon, Aberdeenshire
2006 - Scottish Opera
Clydebank
2006 - Scottish Opera
Kirkwall, Orkney
2006 - Scottish Opera
Thurso, Caithness
2006 - Scottish Opera
Strathpeffer
2006 - Scottish Opera
Crieff
2006 - Scottish Opera
Dundee
2006 - Scottish Opera
Fraserburgh
2006 - Scottish Opera
Aboyne, Aberdeenshire
2006 - Scottish Opera
Linlithgow
2006 - Scottish Opera
Galashiels
2006 - Scottish Opera
Musselburgh, East Lothian
2006 - Scottish Opera
Newton Stewart
2006 - Scottish Opera
Greenock
2006 - Scottish Opera
Lochinver
2006 - Scottish Opera
Drumnadrochit, Inverness-shire
2006 - Scottish Opera
Strontian
2006 - Scottish Opera
Helensburgh
2006 - Scottish Opera
Kilmarnock
2006 - Scottish Opera
Arran
2006 - Ellen Kent Productions
Aberdeen
2006 - Ellen Kent Productions
Edinburgh
2006 - Ellen Kent Productions
Dundee
2006 - Ellen Kent Productions
Glasgow
2007 - Scottish Opera
Hamilton
2007 - Scottish Opera
Dumfries
2007 - Scottish Opera
Elgin, Moray
2007 - Scottish Opera
Tain, Ross-shire
2007 - Scottish Opera
Forfar
2007 - Scottish Opera
Oban, Argyll
2007 - Scottish Opera
Dunfermline
2007 - Scottish Opera
Stirling
2007 - Scottish Opera
Ayr
2007 - Scottish Opera
Kelso
2011 - Opera della Luna
Ayr
2011 - Opera della Luna
Giffnock, Glasgow
2011 - Opera della Luna
Aberdeen
2011 - Opera della Luna
Inverness
2011 - Opera della Luna
Arbroath
2011 - Opera Camerata
Edinburgh
2014 - Edinburgh Studio Opera
Edinburgh
2014 - Tayside Opera
Perth
2014 - Tayside Opera
Brechin, Angus
2014 - Tayside Opera
Dundee
2016 - Ellen Kent Productions
Edinburgh
2016 - Aria Alba - Opera for All
Edinburgh
2017 - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Glasgow
2019 - Clyde Opera Group
Glasgow

England, UK - 9 entries

1975 - Scottish Opera
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
1975 - Scottish Opera
Leeds
1976 - Scottish Opera
Liverpool
1976 - Scottish Opera
Sunderland
1981 - Scottish Opera
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
1981 - Scottish Opera
Liverpool
1988 - Scottish Opera
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
1988 - Scottish Opera
Bradford
1997 - Scottish Opera
Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Music
Johann Strauss (born Vienna, 25 October 1825; died Vienna, 3 June 1899)

Text
Carl Haffner and Richard Genée

Source
Farce Le réveillon (1872) by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy.

Premières
First performance: Vienna (Theater an der Wien), 5 April 1874.
First UK performance: London (Alhambra Theatre), 18 December 1876.
First performance in Scotland: To be confirmed.
Scottish Opera première: Edinburgh (King’s Theatre), June 14 1975.

Background
Die Fledermaus has been one of a handful of Viennese operettas to have successfully achieved regular performance in the great opera houses of the world. Its consistent success has outstripped all rivals, even The Merry Widow. The spoken role of Frosch is traditionally played by a well-known comedian, and one run of performances by Scottish Opera featured Billy Connolly in the part. There seems to be a trend developing to cut the role, thus allowing the last act to follow the second without a second interval.

Main Characters
Adele, the Eisensteins’ maid (soprano)
Rosalinde, Eisenstein’s wife (soprano)
Alfred, an Italian singer (tenor)
Gabriel von Eisenstein (baritone)
Falke, a doctor, and friend of Eisenstein (baritone)
Colonel Frank, prison governor (bass)
Prince Orlofsky, a Russian millionaire (mezzo-soprano)
Frosch, a gaoler (spoken)

Plot Summary
Rosalinde is serenaded by an old flame, Alfred, who has heard that her husband is going to be away for a few days. Eisenstein has been sentenced to a brief stay in prison for a trivial offence. He is persuaded by his friend Falke to delay the start of his sentence in order to attend Orlofsky’s party. Falke’s motive is to gain revenge for an embarrassing trick played on him by Eisenstein, involving a fancy-dress bat costume. Further elements of his plot are to bring Rosalinde to the party in disguise, as well as Adele, Rosalinde’s maid, who has borrowed a dress from her mistress’s wardrobe. The final, fortuitous element is that after Eisenstein’s departure, Alfred arrives for supper with Rosalinde, and is persuaded by her to keep quiet about his identity when Frank, the prison governor arrives to escort his new guest to prison. Having delivered Alfred to his cell, Frank also goes to the party, so the elements of Falke’s plot are in place, and Orlofsky, desperately bored with his lifestyle, is primed to observe the chaos that will ensue. Eisenstein attempts to seduce his wife, who impersonates a Hungarian countess. He and Frank, unaware of their true circumstances, become very friendly as they get increasingly drunk. Adele’s presence also causes confusion. The final act takes place in the prison, where Frosch is irritated by the constant singing of the new prisoner. Eisenstein then reports to start his prison term. After further confusion as the various elements unravel, Orlofsky and Falke explain the plot. Eisenstein and Rosalinde are reconciled, and Frank agrees to sponsor Adele’s ambitions for a career on the stage. More champagne is consumed.

The Cast

Adele
 the Eisensteins' maid
Alfred
 an Italian tenor and admirer of Rosalinde
Blind
 Eisenstein's lawyer
Bodyguard
 to Orlofsky
Dancer
 
Falke
 a notary and friend of Eisenstein
Frank
 prison governor
Frosch
 prison warder
Gabriel von Eisenstein
 
Ida
 Adele's sister
Ivan
 Orlofsky's servant
Orlofsky
 a rich young Russian prince
Rosalinde
 wife of Eisenstein
Waiter
 

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