Die Fledermaus - premiere November 7th, 2023
"Die Fledermaus" was performed for the first time at the "Theater an der Wien" in 1874. With musical gems, and a thin and rather hesitant action where the moral is that the drunk is to blame, the heyday of operetta was heralded.
Today, "Die Fledermaus" is considered one of Europe's most popular works, and the melodies have become part of the European cultural heritage. The action takes place in a decadent and pleasure-seeking Viennese upper class, where people are constantly looking for parties and fun. Eisenstein has ridiculed his friend Dr. Falke, by making sure that he, in a bat costume, rather worn out, wakes up on a public bench one Sunday morning to the amusement of those who happen to pass by. Now the time has come for Dr. Falke to take his revenge. This includes mostly clever flirting, confusing entanglements and elaborate disguises.
Although "Die Fledermaus" originally may not have been intended for anything other than fun, the depiction of a superficial and money-rich environment has become quite common to actualize and problematize in the light of our own times and in the shadow of our own decadence and wealth. At the Ringsaker Opera we do the same. Full of courage, we claim that cabin life and après-ski in the mountains of Norway may not be as far away from light-hearted masquerade fun in Vienna as we might wish. As we stand close together dancing in the hotel bar, dressed in expensive ski gear, seemingly fit, with sunglasses on our heads, while we raise our glasses and sing along; "Vi tar en pinne for Hemsedal, en pinne for Trysil, en pinne for Hafjell".
Or as in Vienna and in the operetta "Die Fledermaus" in 1874:
He rules over all countries, woman, man, he rules!
Who can stand against the champagne in the long run!
RingsakerOperaen and Wood Hotel in Brumunddal are happy to offer you an Opera-hotel package tour.
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RingsakerOperaen – spreading the joy of opera!
In 2019, RingsakerOperaen celebrates its 40th anniversary. The initiative, which operated as an association until 1998, started receiving government funding in 1997 and subsequently converted to a foundation. RingsakerOperaen's founders are Ringsaker Operakor, RingsakerOperaen Produksjon, RingsakerOperaens Venner, and Hedmarken Symfoniorkester.
Every year in November, the opera puts on a full-stage performance with professional soloists and artistic leaders. However, it is the volunteers who are our main driving force. To see this project through, some 150 people give up their time to ensure spectacular costumes, lighting, scenography, make-up, and props. Both the foyer and entrance area are decorated by our own interior designers. And our choir, Ringsaker Operakor, plays a key role.
If you would like to volunteer or be in the audience, or if you have a collaboration proposal, please get in touch.