Die Fledermaus

by Johann Strauss Jr.

Phoenix Opera presented Act 2 of Johann Strauss' operetta Die Fledermaus during two sold out gala performances at the Elks Opera House in Prescott, AZ.

A summer house in the Villa Orlofsky

The previous winter, Eisenstein had abandoned a drunken Falke dressed as a bat (and thus explaining the opera's title) in the center of town, exposing him to ridicule the next day. As part of his scheme, Falke has invited Frank, Adele, and Rosalinde to the ball as well. Rosalinde pretends to be a Hungarian countess, Eisenstein goes by the name "Marquis Renard," Frank is "Chevalier Chagrin," and Adele pretends she is an actress.

The ball is in progress and the Prince welcomes his guests. Eisenstein is introduced to Adele, but is confused as to who she really is because of her striking resemblance to his maid. ("My Dear Marquis," sometimes referred to as "Adele's Laughing Song").

Then Falke introduces the disguised Rosalinde to Eisenstein (Csardas: "Voice of my Homeland"). During an amorous tête-à-tête, she succeeds in extracting a valuable watch from her husband's pocket, something which she can use in the future as evidence of his impropriety. In a rousing finale, the company celebrates (The Drinking song: "Champagne's Delicious Bubbles"; followed by the canon: "Sing to Love" and waltz finale.