The Bat //
Comical operetta in three acts · Libretto by Carl Haffner and Richard Genée based on the text by Henry Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
It all begins with a youthful prank. After attending a masked ball, Gabriel von Eisenstein leaves his drunken friend Dr. Falke still wearing his bat costume in a roadside ditch – well aware that his friend will draw the ridicule of the passers-by. Falke cannot forget the humiliation and plans his revenge. He stages an intrigue at a ball thrown by Prince Orlovsky, at which no one is as they pretend to be, no one does what they normally do, and no one loves who they say they do. In the end, Eisenstein and his wife Rosalinde both admit to their alleged infidelity, the maid Adele confesses that she wants to become an actress, and the singer Alfred trades places in jail with Eisenstein. Is the champagne to blame?
Against the backdrop of the stock exchange crash of 1873 in Vienna, the theatrical masked ball came to symbolise the bourgeois struggle to preserve social status and escape the realities of society. Who could give the best performance in which disguise and survive?
Sabine Hartmannshenn, who staged a charming interpretation of Verdi’s »Falstaff« at the DNT in the 2012/2013 season, will direct this magnificent Viennese operetta by the »Waltz King« Johann Strauß.