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15 – 21 SEPTEMBER 2019

Die Fledermaus

Johann Strauss II

Friends – who’d have ‘em?

This was probably one of the less offensive thoughts to go through Falke’s mind when he woke up on a bench with a killer hangover. Dressed as a bat. His ‘good friend’ Eisenstein thought it would be hilarious to abandon him here after partying the night before, leaving him to face a very long walk of shame. It’s been a long time coming, but tonight’s the night for Falke to get his revenge, at the most glamorous party of the season. Where there’ll be champagne. Lots of champagne. What could possibly go wrong?

‘Die Fledermaus’, or ‘The Bat’, is the jewel in the crown of the real King of the Waltz: Johann Strauss. The tunes stay with you forever. The humour is wicked. The atmosphere indulgent. It is a farce about men taking liberties, women taking control, and the dangers of dressing up as a bat.

Sung in English in a brand new translation by Walter Sutcliffe and Meredith Oakes.

See what some of our audience thought here:

View the trailer here:

Watch behind-the-scenes interviews filmed by the Arts Council of N.I. here:

Free pre-show talk for ticket holders: 45 minutes before the performances on 17th, 19th and 21st September in The Baby Grand on the first floor of the Grand Opera House, Judith Wiemers, NI Opera’s Dramaturg, will discuss the musical perks and quirks of Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus; its historical background and the NI Opera production


Stephan Loges

Ben McAteer

Maria McGrann

May McFettridge

Denis Lakey

John Porter

Alexandra Lubchansky

Dawn Burns

Conor Breen

Mark Pancek

Creative Team

Walter Sutcliffe

Gareth Hancock

Set and Costume Designer
Andrea Kaempf

Lighting Designer
Kevin Smith

Jennifer Rooney

Video Designer
Luis Poveda

Keith McAlister

Assistant Director
Kate Guelke

Assistant Conductor
Jonathan Lakeland