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Johann Strauss Ⅱ: Die Fledermaus

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New National Theatre, Tokyo: Opera House1-1-1 Honmachi Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 151-0071, Japan
Dates/times in Tokyo time zone
New National Theatre
Christopher FranklinConductor
Heinz ZednikDirector
Olaf ZombeckSet Designer, Costume Designer
Yuji TatsutaLighting Designer
Daniel SchmutzhardBass-baritoneGabriel von Eisenstein
Astrid KesslerSopranoRosalinde
Maria NazarovaSopranoAdele
Piotr MicinskiBassFrank
Aigul AkhmetshinaMezzo-sopranoPrinz Orlofsky
Kota MurakamiTenorAlfred
Ludwig MittelhammerBaritoneDr Falke
Mitsuya OkuboBaritoneDr Blind
Kaori HiraiSopranoIda
Peter GessnerActorFrosch
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
New National Theatre Chorus
Tokyo City Ballet

Die Fledermaus is one of the greatest operetta masterpieces by The Waltz King, Johann Strauss II. This supreme piece of musical theatre exhilarates audiences with its beautiful waltzes and polkas, light, refined satire, and humour. By the denouement, the venue is joyfully awash in song, dance, and drama. This blithe, flamboyant work is well known as a staple of year-end/new-year Vienna.

The production was directed by Heinz Zednik, a renowned tenor who also holds the title of Kammersänger of Vienna State Opera. Zednik debuted as a director in 2006 with this production, and directed the Volksoper Wien's Die Fledermaus the following year. Born in Vienna and with a repertoire that includes the four roles in Die Fledermaus, Zednik personifies the Viennese spirit. This orthodox production makes ample use of elegant yet delightfully unconventional devices, fully conveying the charms of this joyful operetta.

The fresh cast boasts a full line up of performers well familiar with this piece, including prominent Viennese singer Daniel Schmutzhard. The house is privileged with an appearance by noted Viennese bass Kurt Rydl in the role of Frosch. Rydl is world-renowned for his various roles including in works by Richard Wagner.

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