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Arts Calendar / December 21 / Opera
19:00 Die Fledermaus
Operetta by Johann Strauss. 165 min (with intermission). Stage Director: Dmitry Bertman. Music Director: Mstislav Rostropovich. IN a fashionable watering-place, described as "near a big city", lives Gabriel von Eisenstein, a wealthy man of independent means, with his attractive wife Rosalinda, and their maid Adele. The light-hearted story of Die Fledermaus tells of the revenge taken by a certain Dr. Falke on this Gabriel von Eisenstein for playing a practical joke on him. When the story opens von Eisenstein is in trouble with the law and has been sentenced to prison for eight days for using abusive language to a policeman. Despite all the efforts of Blind, his advocate, to get him off, von Eisenstein is due to start his sentence by midnight and is spending the day preparing for prison, while his wife, Rosalinda, packs all his oldest clothes to wear in gaol. While she is away Dr. Falke, a notary and von Eisenstein's closest friend, arrives. He bears an invitation for von Eisenstein to a party to be given that night by Prince Orlofsky...
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