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Die Fledermaus

180 minutes
M1500 .S772 F551 1997

Opera. Music by Johann Strauss.

Die Fledermaus is the best-known and most-loved operetta by the King of the Waltz, Johann Strauss the younger. In this performance which the Daily Telegraph hailed as 'a summit of escapism', an international array of talent combines to perform one of Covent Garden's most glittering productions. Kiri Te Kanawa leads the comic cast with her celebrated portrayal of Rosalinde, Hermann Prey as Eisenstein, Hildegard Heichele as Adele and Benjamin Luxon as Falke.

There are some surprise celebrity guests at Prince Orlofsky's special gala performance party including Hinge and Bracket, Charles Aznavour and Merle Park and Wayne Eagling in Sir Frederick Ashton's specially choreographed pas de deux. 'Merle Park and Wayne Eagling were on exhilarating form in Ashton's delightful pas de deux' wrote the Guardian.

The stage designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman re-create the style and opulence of the Viennese Belle Epoque in this highly-acclaimed New Year's Eve performance from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Placido Domingo makes an inimitably stylish British conducting debut; 'under him ... Strauss's zestful, tuneful comedy fizzes along like musical champagne' - Daily Mail.

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