Die Fledermaus

Johann Strauss figlio, Die Fledermaus

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Milan, Teatro alla Scala, 21 January 2018

Fledermaus debuts at La Scala but misses some sparkle

The Temple of Opera has opened its doors to operetta. For the first time the Teatro alla Scala is staging Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, a work which launched a successful sequence of stageworks.

German language operetta was a genre that adjusted Offenbach’s and Suppé’s French works to the tastes of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The perfect balance of panache and glamour, the melodic easiness, the stylish parody of opera seria models, the use of dances and popular themes were appreciated by Mahler himself who wanted to insert the work in the playbills of German theaters and personally directed it in Hamburg in 1894...

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