On December 11, 1964 in the Madison High School auditorium, conductor Henry Holt gave the downbeat for Die Fledermaus, launching Portland Opera’s inaugural production. This champagne-fueled operetta is the magnum opus of Johann Strauss II, the “Waltz King” whose works include “The Blue Danube” and “Tales from the Vienna Woods.”


When wine, women and song unite at Prince Orlofsky’s masked ball, elaborate plots are uncorked and romantic assignations go astray. At the epicenter of it all is Gabriel von Eisenstein, disguised as suave “Monsieur Renard” and blissfully unaware that the piquant Hungarian countess he is wooing is actually his own wife, Rosalinde. By daybreak the party guests are all at the city jail, where the von Eisensteins find their passion for each other rekindled and everyone is free to leave…after a final chorus in honor of champagne, of course!


Performed in English with titles projected above the stage.


Cast

AdeleSusannah Biller
RosalindeMary Dunleavy
Prince OrlofskyJennifer Rivera
AlfredRyan MacPherson
Dr. BlindIan José Ramirez
Gabriel von EisensteinDaniel Belcher
Dr. FalkeAndré Chiang
FrankAlexander Elliott
  
Stage DirectorChas Rader-Shieber
ConductorGeorge Manahan
ChoreographerMatthew Ferraro


 

 

 


 

KEY CHARACTERS:


Gabriel von Eisenstein, a slightly bored husband, playboy and practical jokester
Rosalinde, his slightly bored wife, who has other romantic admirers
Adele, their maid
Dr. Falke, a friend of Eisenstein; also the victim of one of his jokes
Alfred, a voice teacher as well as Rosalinde’s would-be lover
Frank, the prison governor
Prince Orlofsky, a blasé but extravagant party host
Dr. Blind, Eisenstein’s inept attorney


THE STORY OF THE OPERA:


A few months before the action begins, Eisenstein and Dr. Falke attended a costume ball. On the way home, tipsy and wearing a bat costume, Falke passed out in the town square. Eisenstein left him there to be discovered by passers-by the next morning, much to Falke’s embarrassment. He is now about to extract his revenge.

 

Act I: The Eisensteins’ apartment


Eisenstein is about to report to prison, to serve an eight-day sentence for insulting a government official, but encouraged by Dr. Falke, he decides to make a surreptitious detour to attend Prince Orlofsky’s masked ball first.  Rosalinde realizes her husband’s departure means she can entertain her lover Alfred, so she gives the maid Adele the night off. Adele is delighted, since she has also been invited to Orlofsky’s party, which she plans to attend in the guise of an actress. Alfred arrives and serenades Rosalinde. They settle down for a champagne tête-à-tête, only to be interrupted by the arrival of Frank, the prison governor, who has come to escort Eisenstein to jail. Frank logically believes Alfred to be Eisenstein, and Alfred plays along with the ruse so that Rosalinde’s attempted infidelity remains a secret.

 

Act II: Prince Orlofsky’s Masked Ball


Adele arrives at the party, wearing one of Rosalinde’s party gowns and pretending to be an actress. Eisenstein, claiming to be a French Marquis, is infatuated with “Miss Olga” but puzzled as to why she looks so much like their maid. Rosalinde also arrives, having been secretly invited by Dr. Falke, and presents herself as a masked and mysterious Hungarian Countess. She flirts with her disguised husband, who is entranced by her. Rosalinde manages to finagle a valuable pocket watch from Eisenstein during a seductive duet, planning to keep it for future use as evidence of his philandering. Orlofsky leads the guests in a toast to champagne, followed by a waltz. The clock strikes six a.m., so Eisenstein rushes off to report to prison.

 

Act III:  At the Prison


The drunken jailer Frosch tries to keep order, but is annoyed by the constant singing of the prisoner Alfred, still pretending to be Eisenstein. Prison governor Frank arrives, after having attended Orlofsky’s party, followed by Adele and then Eisenstein. The latter explains who he is, but Frank refuses to believe him, saying that he personally arrested Eisenstein, who was lounging in a smoking jacket and cap, the previous evening. Dr. Blind appears, having earlier been summoned by Alfred, and Eisenstein borrows his cloak, glasses and wig.  So disguised, he begins to interrogate Alfred. They are interrupted by the arrival of more party guests, including Rosalinde, who asks “Dr. Blind” to initiate divorce proceedings against her wayward husband.  Eisenstein removes his disguise and tries to shift the blame to his wife, but Rosalinde counterattacks by producing the tell-tale watch. They finally agree that they really do love each other too much to separate and everyone celebrates their rapprochement.

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Susannah Biller — Adele

Soprano

Previously at Portland Opera: Nanetta, Falstaff (2013).

 

Susannah Biller — Adele

Soprano

Previously at Portland Opera: Nanetta, Falstaff (2013).

 

 

 

Mary Dunleavy — Rosalinde

Soprano

Previously at Portland Opera: Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni (2012); Pamina, The Magic Flute (2007); Adina, The Elixir of Love (2002); Susanna, The Marriage of Figaro (1996).

 

Mary Dunleavy — Rosalinde

Soprano

Previously at Portland Opera: Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni (2012); Pamina, The Magic Flute (2007); Adina, The Elixir of Love (2002); Susanna, The Marriage of Figaro (1996). 

 

 

 

Jennifer Rivera — Prince Orlofsky

Mezzo-soprano

Previously at Portland Opera: Rosina, The Barber of Seville (2010); Cherubino, The Marriage of Figaro (2003).

 

Jennifer Rivera — Prince Orlofsky

Mezzo-soprano

Previously at Portland Opera: Rosina, The Barber of Seville (2010); Cherubino, The Marriage of Figaro (2003).

 

 

 

Ryan MacPherson — Alfred

Tenor

Previously at Portland Opera: Frederic, The Pirates of Penzance; Man with a Paint Box, Postcard From Morocco (2014); Ferrando, Così fan tutte (2010); Heurtebise, Orphée; Peter Quint / The Master, Turn of the Screw (2009).

 

Ryan MacPherson — Alfred

Tenor

Previously at Portland Opera: Frederic, The Pirates of Penzance; Man with a Paint Box, Postcard From Morocco (2014); Ferrando, Così fan tutte (2010); Heurtebise, Orphée; Peter Quint / The Master, Turn of the Screw (2009).

 

 

Daniel Belcher — Gabriel von Eisenstein

Baritone

Previously at Portland Opera: Figaro, The Barber of Seville (2010).

 

Daniel Belcher — Gabriel von Eisenstein

Baritone

Previously at Portland Opera: Figaro, The Barber of Seville (2010).

 

 

 

André Chiang — Dr. Falke

Baritone

Previously at Portland Opera: Argante, Rinaldo; Sciarrone, Tosca (2013); Big Night Concert; Maximilian / Captain, Candide; Younger Galileo / Salviati, Galileo Galilei; Official Registrar / Prince Yamadori, Madame Butterfly (2012).

 

André Chiang — Dr. Falke

Baritone

Previously at Portland Opera: Argante, Rinaldo; Sciarrone, Tosca (2013); Big Night Concert; Maximilian / Captain, Candide; Younger Galileo / Salviati, Galileo Galilei; Official Registrar / Prince Yamadori, Madame Butterfly (2012).

 

 

 

Alexander Elliott — Frank

Baritone

Previously at Portland Opera: Samuel, The Pirates of Penzance; Man with a Shoe Sample Kit, Postcard From Morocco (2014); Big Night Concert (2013).

 

Alexander Elliott — Frank

Baritone

Previously at Portland Opera: Samuel, The Pirates of Penzance; Man with a Shoe Sample Kit, Postcard From Morocco (2014); Big Night Concert (2013).

 

 

 

Chas Rader-Schieber

Director

Previously at Portland Opera: Rinaldo (2013).

 

Chas Rader-Schieber

Director

Previously at Portland Opera: Rinaldo (2013).

 

 

 

George Manahan

Conductor

Previously at Portland Opera: Salome (2013); Big Night Concert (2013, 2012, 2011); Falstaff (2013); Don Giovanni (2012); The Barber of Seville (2010); Cosí fan Tutte (2010); Rigoletto (2009)...

 

George Manahan

Conductor

Portland Opera Music Director
Previously at Portland Opera:
Salome (2013); Big Night Concert (2013, 2012, 2011); Falstaff (2013); Don Giovanni (2012); The Barber of Seville (2010); Cosí fan Tutte (2010); Rigoletto (2009); Rodelinda (2008); Macbeth (2006). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Schedule

Nov 7, 2014
Friday 7:30 pm
Nov 9, 2014
Sunday 2:00 pm
Nov 13, 2014
Thursday 7:30 pm
Nov 15, 2014
Saturday 7:30 pm