Die Fledermaus (The Bat)
Operetta by Johann Strauss II
Libretto by Karl Haffner and Richard Genée.
Veliko Tarnovo Music and Drama Theatre “Konstantin Kisimov”
Director – Galab Bochukov
Conductor-producer – Igor Bogdanov
Conductor – Vasil Valchev
Set designer – Lidiya Karkelanova
Choreography – Katya Bogdanova
Choirmaster – Yanitsa Branzelova
Theodora PETROVA, Mirela YABANDZHIEVA, Momchil KARAIVANOV, Plamen DOLAPCHIEV, Simona KODEVA, Valeriya PEYCHEVA, Georgi GARLANOV, Mihail VALCHEV, Milen IVANOV, Tsvetomira PENCHEVA, Victor TERZIYSKI, Stefan METODIEV, Yordan CHEYREKOV, Polina PETKOVA, Ivan MITEV, Tsvetomil YORDANOV
Orchestra, Choir and Ballet of Konstantin Kisimov Music and Drama Theatre
Johann Strauss II had already built his reputation as the King of Waltz when he wrote his operetta Die Fledermaus (The Bat). By that time Strauss had composed over 500 waltzes, polkas, quadrilles, and other types of dance music, including one of the most famous classical music pieces ever – On the Beautiful Blue Danube (An der schönen, blauen Donau).
“The Bat” is a classic operetta with a lot of dance, bright emotions, love passions and family twist, revealed against the backdrop of the beautiful melodies of waltz, polka and quadrille. The plot intertwines comic situations caused by love and jealousy that challenge the marital fidelity. The melodramatic and comedy style, combined with irony and subtle humour, the beautiful Strauss music, which sparkles like champagne, create a feeling of celebration, lightness and harmony.
The operetta premiered on 5 April 1874 at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna and has been part of the regular repertoire ever since.