The operetta premiered on 5 April at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna and has been part of the regular repertoire ever since: . The first London performance in German did not take place until The role of Eisenstein was originally written for a tenor but is now frequently sung by a baritone. The role of Orlofsky is a trouser role , usually performed by a mezzo-soprano , sometimes by a countertenor and occasionally — an octave lower — by a tenor. The party of Act II allows productions to insert a variety of additional entertainment acts, such as music, comedy, or dance.
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So said French composer Jacques Offenbach to his Austrian counterpart, at a time when Strauss was more known for writing short-form dances. Die Fledermaus, his most famous operetta, is primarily loved for what happens before anyone sets foot on the stage: the eight-minute overture is packed full of tunes from start to finish, all of which end up appearing during the course of the action that follows.
When Strauss, one of their own, began to embrace this musical form, the public was delighted. The plot is utterly farcical, focusing on mistaken identity, flirtation and a practical joke that has rather unforeseen consequences. Its utter accessibility — both musically and dramatically — made it a sure-fire hit, and ensured that Strauss was inspired to go on and write operetta after operetta over the next twenty-five years.
Strauss himself was at the podium for the very first performance of Die Fledermaus, which took place at the Theater an der Wien on 5 April Recommended Recording. Philips: See more Strauss II Music. Discover Music. See more Strauss II Guides.
Johann Strauss II: Die Fledermaus