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Operetta

DIE FLEDERMAUS

DIE FLEDERMAUS

This is a daring comedy of errors, whose intriguing libretto was superbly translated into Polish by Julian Tuwim. “Die Fledermaus” is regarded as one of the masterpieces of Viennese operetta. After its premiere, it took the world by storm and remains a steadfast part of the repertoire of the best opera theatres. This work of the “Waltz King” owes its popularity to witty dialogues, humorous and surprising situations and bold erotic scenes. The storyline is brought to life with enchanting, melodious music, which brilliantly illustrates the light-hearted carnival atmosphere. All of the above ingredients are bound to ensure a wonderful evening of song and laughter.

SYNOPSIS

The operetta is set in a 19th-century spa town near Vienna. Gabriel von Eisenstein, a popular financier sentenced to prison, decides to spend the last day of his freedom at a ball given by Prince Orlofsky. Himself, his wife Rosalinde and maid Adele are dragged into an intrigue, meticulously planned by Eisenstein’s friend Dr. Falke. In fact, the ball is merely a pretext to ridicule Eisenstein, who the year before abandoned Falk during a carnival party in the midst of Vienna, forcing him to return home dressed as a bat.

PRODUCTION

The Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic production is a colourful costume performance. Staged with panache and attention to detail, it relies on contemporary means of expression. The director masterfully recreates the atmosphere of 19th-century Vienna. Drawing the curtain aside, he introduces viewers to the sumptuous salons of Viennese elites. The visual layer merits particular attention too—the operetta’s storyline plays out in a stylish setting informed by the Vienna Secession. The stage design was inspired by the works of one of the most recognizable representatives of this movement, Gustav Klimt, while the multimedia projections show the prints of Alphonse Mucha.


World premiere: April 5, 1874, Theater an der Wien, Vienna
Premiere: December 9, 2016

XII 2016
3 hrs (two 25 min intermissions)
Polish
45–120 PLN
Main Stage
Odeska 1

Gallery

Authors

Music: Johann Strauss Jr.
Libretto: Richard Genée and Karl Haffner based on Henri Meilhac’s and Ludovic Halévy’s „Le Réveillon” vaudeville

Creators

Music Director: Grzegorz Berniak
Director: Andrzej Bubień
Set Designer: Paweł Dobrzycki
Costume Designer: Anita Bojarska
Choreography: Jarosław Staniek
Multimedia Designer: Maria Porzyc
Lighting Designer: Mateusz Łukaszuk
Choir Director: Violetta Bielecka
Pianist-Choir Répétiteur / Vocal Coach: Tetyana Dranchuk
Producer: Damian Tanajewski i Opera i Filharmonia Podlaska

Libretto Translation: Julian Tuwim
Poster Designer: Paweł Iwaniuk

WSPÓŁPRACA REALIZATORSKA

Music Cooperation / Assistant Director: Adam Banaszak
Assistant Choreographer: Katarzyna Zielonka
Ballet Master: Jarosław Sołowianowicz
Pianist-Choir Répétiteur: Monika Bierć
Pianist-Accompanist: Anna Krzysztofik-Buczyńska, Karina Komendera
Theatre Stage Managers: Maria Mitrosz, Radosław Zabłocki
Sound Technicians: Krzysztof Wolfard, Grzegorz Falkowski, Michał Kuźmicki, Mateusz Roman Pawelec
Lighting Technicians: Mateusz Łukaszuk, Mateusz Bułatewicz, Karol Łobaczewski
Multimedia Technicians: Robert Burzyński, Piotr Grodzki, Adam Ostaszewski
Chief Stage Technician: Tomasz Parejko
Stage Technicians: Jarosław Bancerek, Piotr Przygoda
Set Construction Crew: Daniel Bąk, Piotr Bielawski, Artur Chajęcki, Grzegorz Czarnomysy, Dominik Gruszewski, Marcin Korsak, Tomasz Kossakowski, Rafał Mlenko, Łukasz Nieścierewicz, Andrzej Świderski
Theatrical Make-up: Monika Żukowska
Make-up: Marta Lewkowska, Magdalena Szałaj, Natalia Karaś
Wigs: Anna Mecan
Prop Masters: Ewa Chacianowska, Marek Korycki
Wardrobe Supervisors: Barbara Rożko, Tamara Fiedoruk, Teresa Kiejko, Eliza Matejczyk, Grażyna Polak, Marzena Śmietało
Planning Managers: Agnieszka Hryniewicka, Ewa Gąsiewska, Joanna Maliszewska

Cast

Rosalinde
Ewa Vesin / Katarzyna Trylnik / Agnieszka Dondajewska (cover)
Adele
Maria Rozynek-Banaszak / Anna Wolfinger / Magdalena Masiewicz (cover)
Eisenstein
Tomasz Rak / Rafał Bartmiński
Alfred
Adam Zdunikowski / Przemysław Borys
Orlovsky
Anna Bernacka / Monika Ziółkowska / Joanna Krasuska-Motulewicz
Frank
Grzegorz Szostak / Dariusz Machej
Dr. Falke
Arkadiusz Anyszka / Maciej Nerkowski / Taras Kuzmych (cover)
Dr. Blind
Tomasz Piluchowski / Tomasz Madej / Rafał Supiński (cover)
Ida
Karolina Kuklińska / Magdalena Masiewicz / Monika Sasinowska (cover)
Frosch
Ryszard Doliński / Andrzej Beja-Zaborski
Adjutant
Rafał Supiński / Jacek Borowski / Roman Chumakin (cover)

Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir, Children’s Choir and Orchestra

Ensemble

Dancers
Patrycja Kozłowska
Ewelina Kruk
Hanna Mocarska
Nika Warszawska-Ratajczak
Mayu Gralińska-Sakai
Klaudia Nierodzik (swing)
Emilia Ohajm (swing)
Natalia Jóźwiak (swing)
Jarosław Sołowianowicz
Santiago Bello
Arkadiusz Jarosz
Bartłomiej Marszałek
Gabriel Piotrowski
Patryk Rybarski
Piotr Jeznach (swing)
Tomasz Kozłowski (swing)
Tomasz Graczyk (swing)

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