Great expectations at the Opera Carlo Felice Genoa for the third title of the 2022-2023 opera season which will debut at 17:00 on the last day of the year: Die Fledermaus (The bat), staged with six performances scheduled between 31 December and on January 11th.
The successful operetta, composed by Johann Strauss II on a libretto by Carl Haffner and Richard Genée based on Le révellion by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, will be directed by Fabio Luisi, honorary director of the theatre, who returns to direct the operatic repertoire at the Carlo Felice after the concert appointments of the past seasons.
The new staging, created in co-production with the Fondazione Teatro Comunale di Bologna, bears the signature of the director Cesare Lievi, who made use of the collaboration of Luigi Perego for the sets and costumes and Luigi Saccomandi for the lights.
In the cast we remember the presence of Bo Skovhus/Thomas Johannes Mayer (Gabriel von Eisentstein), Valentina Nafornita/Valentina Farcas (Rosalinde), Levent Bakirci (Frank), Deniz Uzun/Caterina Piva (Prinz Orlofsky), Bernhard Berchtold/Enrico Casari (Alfred ), Liviu Holender (Dr. Falke), Benedikt Kobel (Dr. Blind), Danae Kontora/Julia Knecht (Adele), Alena Sautier (Ida), Udo Samel (Frosch).
On many occasions it has been noted that the definition of “operetta” is actually reductive for Die Fledermaus. In fact, this famous composition by Johann Strauss II goes far beyond the reference typology of the genre: the score is extremely rich in stimuli and suggestions and presents parts of considerable difficulty for the protagonist artists. Johann Strauss II, the best known and most prolific of the sons of the “Father of the waltz”, creates a real jewel, a masterpiece of musical theater of all time, in which panache, malice, lightness, fascinating melodies, the parody of the opera “serious”, dance, elegance and humour, but in which there are also ideas for a lucid reflection on humanity, on what we are, on what scares us and on what we would not want to face . Strauss translates the lightness and disenchantment of the story into a phantasmagorical montage of heterogeneous elements.
The beating heart of the Pipistrello beats to the ternary waltz rhythm but the musical potpourri created by the composer also includes polkas, arias that mimic Italian opera, quotations from the most popular pieces of the moment (Offenbach’s operettas) and folkloristic pieces, such as the crackling csárdás sung by Rosalinde at the party.
OPERA CARLO FELICE GENOA
Die Fledermaus – (The Bat)
Operetta in three acts by Johann Strauss II
Maestro concertatore and director Fabio Luisi
Directed by Cesare Lievi
December – Saturday 31 (17.00)
January – Sunday 1 (16.00), Saturday 7 (15.00), Sunday 8 (15.00), Tuesday 10 (20.00), Wednesday 11 (20.00)