A comical tale of playful deceptions and witty social games layered in the great Viennese melodies of Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus.


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With a playful libretto in English, the Florentine production of Johann Strauss II‘s Die Fledermaus welcomes the return of John Hoomes (Elmer Gantry, 2010) directing a cast of talented singers, including Inna Dukach, in her Florentine debut as Rosalinde, Corey McKern (The Elixir of Love 2015, La Bohème 2014) as Eisenstein, Milwaukee favorite Bill Theisen as Frosch and the Florentine Opera Chorus, under the baton of Joseph Rescigno with choreography by James Zager.

Die Fledermaus both defines and transcends the genre of Viennese operetta. Its story centers on a magnificent masked ball, given by a Russian prince (Mezzo-soprano Amanda Crider, in her Florentine Opera debut), bringing together all of the characters of this grand folly, in their various disguises. Johann Strauss II’s three-act journey from boudoir to ballroom to brig provides rampant humor, fettered with genuine emotion, framing a surprisingly authentic view of urban life in the late 19th century.

Estimated run time:
2 hours, 55 minutes– including two intermissions

Presenting Sponsors:
Nancy & Terry Anderson

Title Artist Sponsor:
Nita Soref

Community Engagement Support Provided by: Peter Drescher and Karin Madsen Drescher

In-Kind Media Support Provided by: Wisconsin Public Radio, WTMJ 4’s Morning Blend, and WISN 12 Arts Ave.

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Prone to crossing boundaries in both his private and public life, Gabriel von Eisenstein (Baritone Corey McKern – The Elixir of Love 2015, La Bohème 2014) has recently been sentenced to a short stay in jail for insulting an officer.  Before his pending incarceration, Eisenstein’s friend, Dr. Falke (Baritone Jonathan Beyer, in his Florentine debut), invites him to a grand masquerade ball for a wild evening.

Like her husband, Rosalinde von Eisenstein (Soprano Inna Dukach, in her Florentine debut) budding alternate life behind closed doors.  Most recently, she has been stringing along the local tenor, Alfred (John Pickle – Salome 2008, The Merry Widow 2007), whose constant singing begins to wear on everyone’s nerves. The deceptions, counterdeceptions and witty banter run rampant, in this light-hearted classic by Johann Strauss II.

Die Fledermaus will be performed in the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts’ Uihlein Hall. Die Fledermaus is sung in English with English supertitles displayed above the stage. All performances feature the Florentine Opera Chorus and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.



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Anello Atrium, at the Marcus Center
 may-15-pre-opera dining Dining
at the Bradley Pavilion in the Marcus Center
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(Free to ticket holders)
Anello Atrium, at the Marcus Center


Die Fledermaus on CD and on DVD by Corliss Phillabaum

Die Fledermaus has been recorded and filmed time and time again, and a large number of these performances are available on DVD or CD. Most are performed in the original German, with subtitles on the DVD editions. With CD editions, a libretto with English translation is essential for full enjoyment, particularly when the recording includes the spoken dialogue, even when it is, as usual, abridged.

The links below will take you to the DVD and CD sections of this review. In each section, my top recommendations appear first, followed by discussions of other available versions.

  1. For a review of DVD recordings, click here
  2. For a review of CD recordings, click here



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Performance Dates and Times

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 2:30 PM

Performance Location

Uihlein Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
929 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202 Get Directions »


Sung in English with English supertitles projected above the stage.