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Met Music Director James Levine Conducts His First Met Performances of Johann Strauss’s Operetta Die Fledermaus

December 1, 2015

Met Music Director James Levine Conducts His First Met Performances of Johann Strauss’s Operetta Die Fledermaus. Performed in English as a Met Holiday Presentation

 

Die Fledermaus stars Susanna Phillips as Rosalinde, Toby Spence as Eisenstein, Lucy Crowe as Adele, and Tony winner Paulo Szot as Dr. Falke

 

The cast also features Susan Graham in her Met role debut as the fun-loving Prince Orlofsky, and two-time Tony nominee Christopher Fitzgerald in his Met debut as Frosch

New York, NY – After a 44-year career at the Met, during which he has led performances of more than 85 operas, James Levine expands his company repertory with his first-ever Met performances of the sparkling Johann Strauss operetta Die Fledermaus. Levine leads all ten performances of Die Fledermaus at the Met this season, where it is being performed as part of the company’s recent tradition of holiday presentations. The comic operetta, set at a glamorous New Year’s Eve party rife with romantic complications and mistaken identities, is being performed at reduced ticket prices in an English version featuring dialogue by Broadway playwright Douglas Carter Beane. Die Fledermaus opens December 4 and plays 10 performances through January 7.

 

Two of the original stars of the 2013 new production premiere of Jeremy Sams’s staging reprise their roles this season: Susanna Phillips as Rosalinde and Paulo Szot as Dr. Falke. New cast members include Toby Spence as Eisenstein, Lucy Crowe as the clever maid Adele, Dimitri Pittas as the singing teacher Alfred, Alan Opie as the prison governor Frank, Christopher Fitzgerald in his Met debut as the drunken jailer Frosch, and Susan Graham in her first Met performances of the party host, Prince Orlofsky.

 

Further information, including biographies of principal artists, is available in our online press room here.

 

Performances: December 4, 7, 10, 14, 18, 23, 28, 30; January 2mat, 7. Curtain times vary: complete schedule here. Running time: 3 hours and 45 minutes, including two intermissions.

 

Tickets begin at $25; for prices, more information, or to place an order, please call (212) 362-6000 or visit www.metopera.org. 

 

Same-day $25 rush tickets for all performances of Die Fledermaus are available on a first-come, first-served basis on the Met’s Web site. Tickets will go on sale for performances Monday-Friday at noon, matinees four hours before curtain, and Saturday evenings at 2pm. 

 

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