Classic Film Series – Die Fledermaus

Ogunquit Performing Arts is planning a special holiday presentation for its for its Classic Film Die Fledermaus, Waltz King Johann Strauss’ most popular operetta Sunday December 14, 2014 at 2 pm at the Dunaway Center in Ogunquit.

Die Fledermaus

Die Fledermaus, Waltz King Johann Strauss’ most popular opera, is the third film of Ogunquit Performing Arts 14th season of the Classic Film Series and will be shown¬ at the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street in Ogunquit on Sunday December 14, 2014 at 2 pm. Admission is free as are the Viennese treats! Come with mask and be prepared to enjoy a festive holiday afternoon.

A festive afternoon is in store for those coming to the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street in Ogunquit to view Die Fledermaus on Sunday December 14 at 2 pm. The major part of the operetta occurs at Prince Orlofsky’s masked ball at which gaiety and champagne consumption is exceeded only by delightful confusion and mis-adventure. OPA Co-Chair Janel Lundgren invites all to join in the festivities and come with a mask and be prepared to enjoy Viennese treats while viewing the film.

Known as the “Champagne Operetta,” Die Fledermaus is considered one of the most popular of any written by the Waltz King, Johann Strauss. Major opera companies around the world frequently use it as their holiday presentation, and symphony orchestras do likewise with its overture.

Many companies have filmed the operetta. The one that will be shown at the Dunaway Center is the very special live performance on New Year’s Eve of the Royal Opera in Covent Garden, London that was filmed for the BBC. International cast includes Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Hermann Prey, with Placido Domingo in the surprising role of conductor. According to the Daily Mail, “Under (Domingo), Strauss’ zestful, tuneful comedy fizzes along like musical champagne.”

The Prince’s special gala performance party includes some surprise guests, too, including Hinge and Bracket, Charles Aznavour, and the stars of the Royal Ballet, Merle Park and Wayne Eagling, performing a pas de deux especially choreographed for the occasion by Sir Frederick Ashton.

The score is filled with familiar waltzes, polkas and gavottes, and the scenic design re-creates all the style and opulence of the Viennese Belle Epoque. The Daily Telegraph hailed it as “a summit of escapism!”

Die Fledermaus was completed in 1874. Strauss was in his late forties, the darling of Vienna for his celebrated waltzes. The operetta was his third attempt to compose a successful stage work. Cutting himself off from the world, he completed the whole score in 43 days – a score of which nearly every bar is memorable and stamped with his own personality. With Die Fledermaus, Strauss seems to have captured for us Vienna — an ideal, laughing Vienna — and preserved it, living, in his music. This is the city as it liked to be in the third quarter of the nineteenth century.

Don’t miss the showing of the world-famous operetta, Die Fledermaus, at the Dunaway Center on Sunday December 14, 2014 at 2 pm. The film will be shown on a wall-size screen with introduction by OPA Co-Chair Janel Lundgren. Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking at the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street in Ogunquit. Special Viennese treats will be served.

Mark your calendars to reserve dates for the upcoming Classic Films:

Sunday January 11, 2015. 2 pm—Murder on the Orient Express

Sunday February 8, 2015. 2 pm—Dead Poets’ Society

Sunday March 8, 2015. 2 pm—The Razor’s Edge

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