Die Fledermaus is an operetta about friends getting even. The antagonist, Dr. Falke, plots and fulfills his revenge against his old friend. After a costume ball, Gabriel, the protagonist, carries his good yet intoxicated friend Dr. Falke to the middle of town and leaves him passed out on a park bench. He is dressed as a bat and he is lying with his pants down.
He awakes to find a large crowd laughing at him. This starts the plot the revenge of the bat. Dr. Falke then takes great preparation and skillfully sets up a plan to embarrass Gabriel. He arranges for everyone to be at a prince's ball and to not be recognized by Gabriel. Instead of serving an 8-day sentence in jail, Gabriel is a courting woman at this ball. The plot finally unfolds and the truth is told.
Gabriel is embarrassed in front of his wife, Rosalinda as Falke enters the jail and proclaims the "revenge of the bat". The all end up back at the Russian palace and blame everything on "King Champagne". The meaning of Die Fledermaus is suggested by the protagonist, Dr. Falke. The meaning is suggested through a complex, comical situation building to the climax of Dr. Falke proclaiming the revenge of the bat.
The moral of the Operetta seems to be the age-old saying "What goes around comes around". The style is, far and away, a comedy. The characters are presented in a satirical manner in which the lively opera singing gave the characters wonderfully exaggerated personalities and emotions. Fra ass The characters portrayed by these actors were very entertaining. They were not completely realistic because of the type of performance it was.
The characters were melodramatic and lively which them each captivating and intriguing in their own way. Most of the characters were in the upper class of society and were stereotyped of their respective characters. For example, Einstein and his wife were a snobbish upper class couple who were portrayed as people who elegantly go through life sipping campaign, going to balls and having all of their needs fulfilled by Adel, the stereotypical maid and housekeeper. Price Orlofsky was a regular snobbish prince who was often never satisfied with anything going on around him. Frank was the typical large and proud jail keeper.
Dr. Falke was the typical revengeful antagonist who was plotting his revenge throughout he elaborate plot. This brings to Einstein, the protagonist, who was played as the slightly naive typical rich respected townsman. My response to how these characters were portrayed was that they were done very well. They were done in a way that you could understand everything going on, even with the large amounts of complex singing. The acting in this Operetta was very well done.
The actors spoke and carried themselves exactly like the character they were playing would have acted. They all spoke with different voices, accents and tonal patterns unique to their part. Many of the actors had to play different "mini roles" when they were at the palace. The best example of this is Einstein's wife, Rose linda who had to speak and sing with a Hungarian accent because she was disguised as a Hungarian Countess. Overall the acting was superb in the way that actors developed their character separately and distinctly, which made the play very enjoyable. FraassThe dialogue of this Operetta was often sung.
The language was very realistic and understandable to those who are not frequent Operetta attendees, like myself. The language and singing was very understandable to the normal person, even with the multiple accents and characters. The pace of Die Fledermaus was almost always exciting and interesting. The setup of the revenge of the bat was always in the back of the audiences mind while the plot unfolded. The palace scene was at times slow and sometimes even boring. Things like the palace entertainment seemed to prolong this scene.
The ballet dance and the marching band performance did drag this scene on, but also pleasantly changed the pace of the scene. Also the pace of the conclusion was very brief. They play seemed to come to its climax and ended, what seemed to me as very quickly. The setting and costumes greatly enhanced this performance of Die Fledermaus. The set of Einstein's house and the Palace were very realistic and visually pleasing. The Palace was monumentally constructed and the staircases gave it the appearance of its large size.
The costumes were amazing. This time era's clothing has always seemed astonishing and the costumes were realistic in every respect. All of the costumes were tailored to their body type and fit great. The lights and sound were also done well. They did not distract or take anything away from the performers. Overall, Die Fledermaus was done extremely well.
The singing was very lively and the characters were very colorful. The combination of the characters, singing, setting, and intreuging plot made Die Fledermaus and excellent Operetta. This will certainly not be my last Operetta.