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25.10.2019 at 20h00 CET
Friday, October 25, 2019 - 20:00

Wiener Staatsoper

Die Fledermaus

Happy are those who can let go of what can’t be changed!

Operas | Strauss

To avoid serving his prison sentence, a fashionable socialite sneaks off to a lavish party. The champagne flows as guests waltz the night away, but several of them have something to hide.


This internationally renowned production by Otto Schenk takes the audience on a bumpy ride through all kinds of intrigues, clothing mix-ups and mistaken identities, until we finally reach a rather hung-over happy ending. Conducted by Franz Welser-Möst and streamed on Strauss’ birthday, this performance is part of OperaVision’s events celebrating the inaugural World Opera Day on 25 October 2019.


Sung in German.

Subtitled in English and French with possibility of auto-translation into 114 other languages.

Available from
25.10.2019 at 20h00 CET

Available until
24.12.2019 at 12h00 CET

Gabriel von EisensteinKurt Streit
RosalindeMichaela Kaune
FrankAlfred Šramek
Prinz OrlofskyZoryana Kushpler
AlfredRainer Trost
Dr. FalkeMarkus Eiche
Dr. BlindPeter Simonischek
AdeleDaniela Fally
IdaLydia Rathkolb
FroschPeter Jelosits
ChorusChoir of the Wiener Staatsoper
OrchestraOrchestra of the Wiener Staatsoper

MusicJohann Strauss
TextRichard Genée and Karl Haffner
ConductorFranz Welser-Möst
DirectorOtto Schenk

Act I

The chambermaid Adele is invited (or so she believes) by her sister Ida to attend a ball given by Prince Orlofsky. After some difficulty she succeeds in getting the night off by inventing a moving story about a sick aunt. Meanwhile her employer, Eisenstein, a man of independent means, has recently been given a prison sentence for insulting a public official. But rather than reporting to serve the sentence, he is persuaded by his friend Dr. Falke to join him for a night of revelry at Orlofsky’s. Dr. Falke is following his own agenda – Eisenstein once humiliated him in front of the whole town by leaving him to return home from a masked ball through the streets, drunk and dressed as a bat, and Falke now sees his opportunity for revenge; and so he also invites Eisenstein's wife Rosalind to the ball. Due to Eisenstein’s departure ‘for prison’, Rosalind is already in disarray when a former admirer of hers named Alfred shows up and tries to woo her, only to be arrested by prison governor Frank who takes him for Eisenstein. Frank, satisfied by a job well done, then also decides to attend Orlofsky's ball.

Act II

At the ball, Dr. Falke’s machinations play out splendidly:  to Eisenstein’s astonishment he meets his chambermaid Adele, who brazenly denies her identity; he befriends a French ‘chevalier’ – in truth none other than prison governor Frank; and finally he falls in love with his own wife, masked and disguised as a Hungarian countess.


The knots begin to unravel. The action takes place at the prison, a rather shady affair thanks to Frosch, the permanently drunk gaoler. One by one, the characters reappear: first prison governor Frank, extremely hungover, then Adele, who is hoping to find a patron to foster her dramatic talent, along with her sister Ida, and then Eisenstein, who is astonished to find that he has apparently been locked up all night. When Rosalind also appears and, together with Alfred, demands an interview with a lawyer, Eisenstein dons a disguise and takes the place of the stuttering lawyer Dr. Blind. This trick allows him to get to the bottom of the previous evening’s events. Fortunately, he then allows himself to be convinced that everything was a part of Dr Falke’s plot for revenge; and so it all ends happily, and Adele even finds her patron in the form of Prince Orlofsky.