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Johann Strauss: “Die Fledermaus“

Tuesday July 7th, 8.30 pm
King Peter I’s House
Johann Strauss: “Die Fledermaus“, Operetta
Opera Studio of the Faculty of Music
Dragana Radaković, Conductor
Vladan Đurković, Director

Valentina Kostandinović, Piano accompanist

Cast:

Gabriel von Eisenstein - Mladen Prodan, Tenor
Rosalinde, Eisenstein's wife - Evgenija Jeremić, Soprano
Alfred, Rosalinde’s lover - Dušan Svilar, Tenor
Adele, Rosalinde’s maid - Vesna Marković, Soprano
Ida, Adele’s sister - Milica Nikolić, Soprano
Dr Falke, a notary "the bat" - Marko Pantelić, Baritone
Prince Orlofsky - Nataša Rašić, Mezzosoprano
Frank, a prison governor - Nikola Mikić, Baritone (Guest Appearance from Faculty of Arts – University of Niš)
Dr Blind, Eisenstein’s  lawyer - Andrija Nikoletić, Baritone
Frosch, a jailer - Branko Marković, Speaking role

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Act 1
Gabriel von Eisenstein has been sentenced to eight days in prison for insulting an official, partially due to the incompetence of his attorney, Dr. Blind. Adele, Eisenstein's maid, receives a letter from her sister, who is inviting her to Prince Orlofsky's ball. She pretends the letter says that her aunt is very sick, and asks for a leave of absence. Falke, Eisenstein's friend, arrives to invite him to the ball. Eisenstein bids farewell to Adele and his wife Rosalinde, pretending he is going to prison but really intending to postpone jail for one day and have fun at the ball.
After Eisenstein leaves, Rosalinde is visited by her former lover, the singing teacher Alfred, who serenades her. Frank, the governor of the prison, arrives to take Eisenstein to jail, and finds Alfred instead. In order not to compromise Rosalinde, Alfred agrees to pretend to be Eisenstein and to accompany Frank.
Act 2
It turns out that Falke, with Prince Orlofsky's permission, is orchestrating the ball as a way of getting revenge on Eisenstein. The previous winter, Eisenstein had abandoned a drunken Falke dressed as a bat in the center of town, exposing him to ridicule the next day. As part of his scheme, Falke has invited Frank, Adele, and Rosalinde to the ball as well. Rosalinde pretends to be a Hungarian countess, Eisenstein goes by the name "Marquis Renard," Frank is "Chevalier Chagrin," and Adele pretends she is an actress.
The ball is in progress and the Prince welcomes his guests. Eisenstein is introduced to Adele, but is confused as to who she really is because of her striking resemblance to his maid.
Then Falke introduces the disguised Rosalinde to Eisenstein. During an amorous tête-à-tête, she succeeds in extracting a valuable watch from her husband's pocket, something which she can use in the future as evidence of his impropriety.
Act 3
The next morning they all find themselves at the prison where the confusion increases and is compounded by the jailer, Frosch, who has profited by the absence of the prison director to become gloriously drunk.
Adele arrives to obtain the assistance of the Chevalier Chagrin while Alfred wants nothing more than to get out of jail. Knowing of Eisenstein's trickery, Rosalinde wants to begin an action for divorce, and Frank is still intoxicated.
Frosch locks up Adele and her sister Ida, and the height of the tumult arrives when Falke appears with all the guests of the ball and declares the whole thing is an act of vengeance for the "Fledermaus". Everything is amicably arranged (with Eisenstein blaming the intoxicating effects of champagne for his act of infidelity and Frank volunteering to support Adele's artistic career), but Eisenstein is compelled to serve his full term in jail.

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