Die Fledermaus | Welsh National Opera

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Saturday, May 20, 2017 - Wednesday, June 28, 2017


★★★★ The Stage

It takes a hard heart not to be swept along by Die Fledermaus. It might be nonsense but it’s wonderful, frothy, life-affirming nonsense. John Copley’s production is as opulent as a Viennese chocolate cake. It's chock-full of splendour, posh frocks and masks, and warm comedy.

After a fancy dress ball, Eisenstein left his friend Dr Falke to make his way home in broad daylight still dressed as a bat. Falke plots revenge for this humiliation. Eisenstein has been sentenced to prison but instead accepts Falke's invitation to a party thrown by Prince Orlofsky. Once Eisenstein is out of the way, his wife Rosalinde's former admirer Alfred comes calling. The prison governor arrives to take his prisoner and assumes that Alfred, relaxed in Eisenstein's dressing gown, must be Eisenstein. Later that night everyone, husband, wife, maid and prison governor arrives at Orlofsky's party in one or other disguise. But as dawn arrives reality must return. Adele, Rosalinde's maid, has attached herself to the prison governor, who is surprised to discover Eisenstein is also heading for the prison. In fact everyone ends up at this most improbable after-party rendezvous where Falke declares the whole intrigue to be ‘The Revenge of the Bat’.

  • Performances start at 7.15pm, except at Wales Millennium Centre 11 June at 4pm
  • Running time is approximately two hours 55 minutes including two intervals
  • Sung in English with surtitles in English (and Welsh in Cardiff)


Supported by WNO Idloes Owen Society

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Cast & CreativeBack to top

Rosalinde - Adele's mistress Mary Elizabeth Williams
Gabriel von Eisenstein - Rosalinde's husband Mark Stone 
Dr Falke - Eisenstein's friend Ben McAteer
Adele - a maid Rhian Lois
Prince Orlofsky - a Russian millionaire Emma Carrington 
Alfred - tenor Paul Charles Clarke (ex 28 Jun)
Shaun Dixon (28 Jun)
Colonel Frank - prison governor Alan Opie 
Frosch - a gaoler Steve Speirs
Dr Blind - Eisenstein's lawyer Joe Roche
Ivan - Orlofsky's servant George Newton-Fitzgerald
Ida - Adele's sister Angharad Morgan

Conductor Tomáš Hanus (ex 11 & 16 Jun) 
James Southall (11 & 16 Jun)

Director John Copley
Revival Director Sarah Crisp
Chorus Master Stephen Harris
Designer Tim Reed
Costume Designer Deirdre Clancy
Lighting Designer Howard Harrison
Choreographer Stuart Hopps 
Staff Director Christopher Moon-Little 
Musical Preparation Stephen Wood
Lighting Realised on Tour Paul Woodfield 
Production Manager Robert Pagett 
Stage Manager Katie Heath-Jones
Deputy Stage Manager Suzie Erith