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A King Against His Will
A Night's Rest At Granada
Abu Hassan
Aida
Alessandro Stradella
Armida
Ballo In Maschera
Bearskin
Benvenuto Cellini
By Order Of His Highness
Carmen
Cavalleria Rusticana
Cosi Fan Tutte
Delila
Der Freischuetz
Djamileh
Don Carlos
Don Juan
Don Pasquale
Donna Diana
Elektra
Ernani
Eugene Onegin
Euryanthe
Falstaff
Fidelio
Flauto Solo
Fra Diavolo
Frauenlob
Friend Fritz
Genoveva
Guglielmo Tell
Gustavus The Third
Hamlet
Hans Heiling
Hansel And Gretel
Henry The Lion
Herrat
Hoffmann's Tales
Idle Hans
Idomeneus
Il Barbiere Di Seviglia
Il Demonio
Il Seraglio
Il Trovatore
Ingrid
Iphigenia In Aulis
Iphigenia In Tauris
Jean De Paris
Jessonda
Joseph In Egypt
Junker Heinz Sir Harry
Kirke Circe
L'africaine
La Boheme
La Dame Blanche
La Figlia Del Reggimento
La Juive The Jewess
La Muette De Portici
La Somnambula
La Traviata
Le Domino Noir
Le Nozze Di Figaro
Le Prophete
Les Huguenots
Little Bare Foot
Lohengrin
Lorle
Love's Battle
Lucia Di Lammermoor
Lucrezia Borgia
Madame Butterfly
Manon
Manru
Marga
Marguerite
Martha
Melusine
Merlin
Mignon
Moloch
Nausikaa
Norma
Oberon
Odysseus' Death
Odysseus' Return
Orfeo E Eurydice
Othello
Pagliacci
Philemon And Baucis
Preciosa
Rienzi The Last Of The Tribunes
Rigoletto
Robert Le Diable
Romeo E Giulietta
Salome
Sealed
Siegfried
Silvana
Tannhaeuser
The Alpine King And The Misanthrope
The Apothecary
The Armorer
The Barber Of Bagdad
The Beauties Of Fogaras
The Bell Of The Hermit
The Cid
The Cricket On The Hearth
The Departure
The Devil's Part
The Dusk Of The Gods
The Evangelimann
The Fledermaus The Bat
The Flying Dutchman
The Folkungs
The Golden Cross
The King Has Said It
The Lowlands
The Maccabees
The Magic Flute
The Maidens Of Schilda
The Master-singers Of Nueremberg
The Master-thief
The Merry Wives Of Windsor
The Nibelungen Ring
The Nuremberg Doll
The Piper Of Hameln
The Plague Of Darkness
The Poacher
The Postilion Of Longjumeau
The Queen Of Sheba
The Sold Bride
The Taming Of The Shrew
The Templar And The Jewess
The Three Pintos
The Trumpeter Of Saekkingen
The Two Grenadiers
The Two Peters
The Vampire
The Walkyrie
Tosca
Tristan And Isolda
Undine
Urvasi
Wedding's Morning
Werther
Will O' The Wisp
Zampa


The Standard Operaglass

A King Against His Will
A Night's Rest At Granada
Abu Hassan
Aida
Alessandro Stradella
Armida
Ballo In Maschera
Bearskin
Benvenuto Cellini
By Order Of His Highness
Carmen
Cavalleria Rusticana
Cosi Fan Tutte
Delila
Der Freischuetz
Djamileh
Don Carlos
Don Juan
Don Pasquale
Donna Diana
Elektra
Ernani
Eugene Onegin
Euryanthe
Falstaff
Fidelio
Flauto Solo
Fra Diavolo
Frauenlob
Friend Fritz
Genoveva
Guglielmo Tell
Gustavus The Third
Hamlet
Hans Heiling
Hansel And Gretel
Henry The Lion
Herrat
Hoffmann's Tales
Idle Hans
Idomeneus
Il Barbiere Di Seviglia
Il Demonio
Il Seraglio
Il Trovatore
Ingrid
Iphigenia In Aulis
Iphigenia In Tauris
Jean De Paris
Jessonda
Joseph In Egypt
Junker Heinz Sir Harry
Kirke Circe
L'africaine
La Boheme
La Dame Blanche
La Figlia Del Reggimento
La Juive The Jewess
La Muette De Portici
La Somnambula
La Traviata
Le Domino Noir
Le Nozze Di Figaro
Le Prophete
Les Huguenots
Little Bare Foot
Lohengrin
Lorle
Love's Battle
Lucia Di Lammermoor
Lucrezia Borgia
Madame Butterfly
Manon
Manru
Marga
Marguerite
Martha
Melusine
Merlin
Mignon
Moloch
Nausikaa
Norma
Oberon
Odysseus' Death
Odysseus' Return
Orfeo E Eurydice
Othello
Pagliacci
Philemon And Baucis
Preciosa
Rienzi The Last Of The Tribunes
Rigoletto
Robert Le Diable
Romeo E Giulietta
Salome
Sealed
Siegfried
Silvana
Tannhaeuser
The Alpine King And The Misanthrope
The Apothecary
The Armorer
The Barber Of Bagdad
The Beauties Of Fogaras
The Bell Of The Hermit
The Cid
The Cricket On The Hearth
The Departure
The Devil's Part
The Dusk Of The Gods
The Evangelimann
The Flying Dutchman
The Folkungs
The Golden Cross
The King Has Said It
The Lowlands
The Maccabees
The Magic Flute
The Maidens Of Schilda
The Master-singers Of Nueremberg
The Master-thief
The Merry Wives Of Windsor
The Nibelungen Ring
The Nuremberg Doll
The Piper Of Hameln
The Plague Of Darkness
The Poacher
The Postilion Of Longjumeau
The Queen Of Sheba
The Sold Bride
The Taming Of The Shrew
The Templar And The Jewess
The Three Pintos
The Trumpeter Of Saekkingen
The Two Grenadiers
The Two Peters
The Vampire
The Walkyrie
Tosca
Tristan And Isolda
Undine
Urvasi
Wedding's Morning
Werther
Will O' The Wisp
Zampa



The Fledermaus The Bat








In three Acts by MEILHAC and HALEVY.

Music by JOHANN STRAUSS.


The Fledermaus is the famous Viennese Waltz King's best operetta. The
charming music is so well known, that only the libretto needs to be
explained, because of its rather complicated plot.

A serenade which is listened to by Adele Rosalind Eisenstein's maid,
but is intended for her mistress, begins the first act. Adele has just
received an invitation from her sister Ida to a grand entertainment to
be given by a Russian prince, Orlofsky by name. She is longing
to accept it, and attempts to get leave of absence for the evening from
her mistress, when the latter enters, by telling her that an aunt if
hers is ill, and wishes to see her. Rosalind, however, refuses to let
Adele go out, and the maid disappears pouting. While Rosalind is
alone, her former singing master and admirer Alfred, suddenly turns up.
He it was who had been serenading her, and Rosalind, succumbing to her
old weakness for tenors, promises to let Alfred return later, when her
husband is not at home. Herr Eisenstein, a banker, has just been
sentenced to five days' imprisonment, a misfortune which his hot temper
has brought upon him. The sentence has been prolonged to eight days
through the stupidity of his lawyer, Dr. Blind, who follows Eisenstein
on to the stage. The banker finally turns Dr. Blind out of the house,
after upbraiding him violently.--Rosalind tries to console Eisenstein,
and finally decides to see what a good supper will do towards soothing
his ruffled spirits. While she is thus occupied Eisenstein's friend
Dr. Falck appears, bringing his unlucky friend an invitation to an
elegant soiree which Prince Orlofsky is about to give.--Eisenstein is
quite ready to enjoy himself before going to prison, and when Rosalind
reenters, she finds her husband in excellent spirits. He does not,
however partake of the delicious supper she sets before him, with any
great zest. But he takes a tender, although almost joyful leave of his
wife, after donning his best dress suit. Rosalind then gives
Adele leave to go out, much to the maid's surprise. After Adele has
gone, Alfred again puts in an appearance. Rosalind only wishes to hear
him sing again, and is both shocked and frightened, when Alfred goes
into Herr Eisenstein's dressing room, and, returns clad in the banker's
dressing gown and cap. The tenor then proceeds to partake of what is
left of the supper, and makes himself altogether at home. But a sudden
ring at the door announces the arrival of Franck, the governor of the
prison, who has come with a cab to fetch Eisenstein. Rosalind is so
terrified at being found tete a tete with Alfred, that she introduces
him as her husband. After a tender farewell, Alfred good-naturedly
follows the governor to prison.

The second act opens in the garden of a cafe, where the guests of
Prince Orlofsky are assembled. Adele enters, dressed in her mistress's
best gown, and looking very smart. Eisenstein, who is also present, at
once recognizes her, as well as his wife's finery. But Adele and the
whole party pretend to be very indignant at his mistaking a fine lady
for a maid. Prince Orlofsky proceeds to make Eisenstein most
uncomfortable, by telling him that Dr. Falck has promised to afford him
great amusement, by playing some practical joke at Eisenstein's
expense. The last guest who enters is Rosalind, whom nobody
recognizes, because she is masked. Dr. Falck introduces her as a
Hungarian countess who has consented to be present at the soiree only
on condition that her incognito be respected. She catches just a
glimpse of Eisenstein, who is flirting violently with Adele instead of
being in prison, and determines to punish him. Noticing the
magnificent attire and fine form of the supposed countess, Eisenstein
at once devotes himself to the new comer. He even counts her heart
beats with the aid of a watch which he keeps for that purpose, without,
however, giving it away as he always promises to do. But Rosalind
suddenly takes possession of the watch, and slips away with it.--The
whole party finally assembles at supper, where Eisenstein becomes very
jovial, and tells how he once attended a masquerade ball with his
friend Falck, who was disguised as a bat. Eisenstein, it appears,
induced his friend to drink so heavily, that he fell asleep in the
street, where Eisenstein left him. Falck did not wake up till morning,
when he had to go home amid the jeers of a street crowd, by whom he was
nicknamed "Dr. Fledermaus".--Eisenstein's story creates much amusement,
but Dr. Falck only smiles, saying, he who laughs last, laughs best.

After a champagne supper and some dancing, Eisenstein remembers, when
the clock strikes six, that he ought to be in prison. Both he and Dr.
Franck take a merry leave of the boisterous party.

The third act begins with Franck's return to his own room, where he is
received by the jailer.--Frosch has taken advantage of his master's
absence to get drunk, while Franck himself has likewise become
somewhat intoxicated. He grows drowsy while recalling the incidents of
Prince Orlofsky's fete, and finally falls fast asleep.--

Adele and her sister Ida interrupt his slumbers, in order to ask the
supposed marquis to use his influence in the former's behalf. Adele
confesses that she is in reality a lady's maid, but tries to convince
Franck, the supposed marquis, and her sister (who is a ballet dancer),
of her talents by showing them what she can do in that line.--A loud
ring soon puts an end to the performance While the jailer conducts
Adele and Ida to No. 13, Eisenstein arrives and gives himself up.
Franck and he are much surprised to find themselves face to face with
each other in prison, after each had been led to suppose the other a
marquis, at the fete. They are naturally much amused to learn each
other's identity. Meanwhile Dr. Blind enters, to undertake the defense
of the impostor Eisenstein. He turns out to be the genuine Eisenstein,
who again turns Blind out of door, and possesses himself of his cap and
gown and of his spectacles, in which he interviews his double.--Alfred
has been brought in from his cell, when Rosalind also enters, carrying
her husband's watch, and prepared for revenge. Both Alfred and she
alternately state their grievances to the supposed lawyer, who quite
loses his temper, when he learns of Alfred's tete a tete with his wife,
and how completely she has fooled him. Throwing off his disguise, he
reveals his identity, only to be reviled by his wife for his
treachery. He in turn vows to revenge himself on Rosalind and on her
admirer, but the entrance of Dr. Falck, followed by all the guests who
were at Prince Orlofsky's fete, clears up matters for all concerned.
While making fun of the discomfited Eisenstein, he explains that the
whole thing is a huge practical joke of his invention which he has
played on Eisenstein in return for the trick Eisenstein played on him
years ago, which he related at the fete. All the guests had been
bidden to the fete by Dr. Falck with the consent of the prince in order
to deceive Eisenstein. The latter, when convinced of his wife's
innocence, embraces her. All toast one another in champagne, which
they declare to be the King of Wines.





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