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Die Fledermaus 1950



Surely a no more scintillating score exists than that composed by Johann Strauss II for his operetta Die Fledermaus. From the moment the overture starts by introducing those lively and memorable melodies, one can sense that whether sitting in the theatre or listening to a recording such as this any audience must be completely captured from the outset. The plot is witty and the setting is one that captures perfectly an era that was soon to become known as La Belle Epoch.

Any performance conducted by Clemens Krauss, an acknowledged master of the genre, with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus of the Vienna State Opera and sung by artists of distinction, all noted for their operetta interpretations and in the city that saw the première of the work, must ensure the outcome gives nothing less than immense musical pleasure.

An added attraction on this CD presentation are the internationally renowned artists Nimbus has chosen to be the ‘talented guests’ singing at the huge ball given by Prince Orlofsky at the conclusion of Act II.

Die Fledermaus 1950


Die Fledermaus Johann Strauss II 

Gabriel von Eisenstein, a man of private means Julius Patzak, tenor

Rosalinde, his wife Hilde Güden, soprano

Frank, a prison governor Kurt Preger, baritone

Prince Orlofsky Sieglinde Wagner, contralto

Alfred, his singing teacher Anton Dermota, tenor

Dr Falke, a notary Alfred Poell, baritone

Dr Blind, a lawyer August Jaresch, tenor buffo

Adele, Rosalinde’s maid Wilma Lipp, soprano

The Chorus of the Vienna State Opera The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Clemens Krauss, conductor