Opera Cheat Sheet: Die Fledermaus (The Bat)

Here’s our quick, light-hearted overview of Johann Strauss II's Viennese romp, Die Fledermaus, which is this week’s Metropolitan Opera broadcast airing Saturday at noon here on Classical 91.7.
 

This week Classical 91.7 Program Director St.John Flynn and resident opera expert Eric Skelly discuss Johann Strauss’ operetta Die Fledermaus, a paean to champagne and the enjoyment of the pleasures of the moment in 19th-century Vienna.  What happens when Gabriel von Eisenstein goes off to Prince Orlofsky's ball rather than to jail?  

Die Fledermaus is this week’s Metropolitan Opera broadcast, Saturday at noon on Classical 91.7 and online at classical917.org.