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Die Fledermaus

Ringing in the New Year has many traditions and one such festive touch is attending a production, watching a DVD or listening to a CD of the spirited operetta Die Fledermaus (The Bat) by Johann Strauss II often referred to as the Waltz King.  You can check the Library's selection of this work here.   Die Fledermaus premiered on April 5, 1874 in Vienna and has been a perennial hit with audiences since its successful stage debut.  The Ball scene of Act II is often the big moment where productions showcase surprise guest artists or entertainers who spice up the party celebration with their  local commentary and  spontaneous humour.  Described as a French farce softened by Viennese charm the simple comic plot turns on the mistaken identities of disguised lovers supported by their prankster friends all righted in the end and set to Strauss's tuneful, effervescent score.  If you enjoy polkas and waltzes of Strauss's 19th century Vienna or want to read about this talented composer more  material  is available through the Library's catalogue