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Composer Johann Strauss II
Librettist Karl Haffner and Richard Genée, adapted by Hannah Hoyt and Tim Laurio from translations by Lindy Hume, Richard Swain, and Thomas Petiet
Language Sung in English with English dialogue
Dates Spring 2020
About the production Comet Opera re-adapts a hilarious production by the offbeat favorites of Little Opera Company of Charlotte! Eisenstein is in legal trouble, but his devious friend Falke convinces him to ditch the police and go to Prince Orlofsky’s party instead. Falke also slips invitations to Eisenstein’s theatrically-inclined maid Adele - who thinks her showgirl sister Ida is inviting her to make her high-society debut - and Eisenstein’s wife Rosalinde, who’s busy dealing with the sudden appearance of her old flame, the (supposedly) famous singer Alfredo, whom the policeman mistakes for her husband and tries to arrest! Eisenstein, Adele, Rosalinde, Alfredo, and Officer Frank all end up at Prince Orlofsky’s party - in disguise, avoiding each other, and hunting each other down - as Falke waits for the perfect moment to expose everyone…
This show is not yet fully cast.
Rosalinde (soprano) is Eisenstein’s glamorous, elegant wife. She disguises herself as a Hungarian countess to track him down at Orlofsky’s party, and is startled to find him falling in love with her persona.
Range: B3 to D6
Note: This role requires both a solid low and high range.
Adele (soprano) is the Eisenstein’s maid, who wants to be an actress. Prone to dramatics, she jumps at the chance to go to the party and very quickly gets in over her head.
Range: C4 to D6
Orlofsky (mezzo-soprano) is a Russian prince. Always bored, he throws wild parties and flirts with everyone to try to get a thrill. He has some history with Falke, who promises to show him an excellent joke by the end of the evening.
Range: C4 to Ab5
Ida (soprano or alto) is Adele’s showgirl sister, who did not invite her to the party - Ida herself is only there to perform! She tries to keep Adele from embarrassing herself among the high society guests.
Note: Depending on the artist's skills, Ida will either dance or sing a solo insert aria during the party. Elsewhere, she sings only in choruses and may sing the soprano or alto line.
Alfredo (tenor) is Rosalinde’s old college flame, a very Italian opera singer. He tries to rekindle their romance and is mistaken for Eisenstein by Officer Frank, who tries to arrest him, and then follows Rosalinde to Orlofsky’s party.
Range: E3 to Bb4
Eisenstein (tenor or high baritone) is Rosalinde’s facetious, careless husband, who jumps at the chance to avoid his responsibilities at Orlofsky’s party. He’s fond of flirting with glamorous women, and doesn’t often think things through.
Range: C3 to A4
Falke (baritone) is Eisenstein’s much cleverer friend, out to get revenge on him for an embarrassing prank. He enjoys playing the mastermind and setting up convoluted plots. He has some history with Orlofsky, and considers him an intriguing challenge.
Range: D3 to F4
Frank (baritone) is the police officer in charge of arresting Gabriel von Eisenstein - and that must be this gentleman with Mrs. Eisenstein, of course? Frank chases Alfredo into Orlofsky’s party, only to find that his real target has been at the party all along.
Range: Db3 to F4
Act I Falke introduces himself to the audience and reveals that he is planning his revenge on Eisenstein for a Halloween prank that left Falke drunk in a park in a bat costume. Adele enters with an invitation from her sister Ida to Prince Orlofsky’s party, daydreaming about getting to meet movie stars and become one herself, and hears Alfredo serenading the house from outside. Rosalinde returns from shopping, and Adele immediately bursts into tears, explaining that her aunt is dying and she has to have the night off. Rosalinde is not fooled and sends her upstairs. Alfredo enters and Rosalinde recognizes him: her old Italian sweetheart, the opera singer! Eisenstein arrives home, after a trial gone wrong that will put him in jail for eight days, and Alfredo hides outside on the balcony.
Falke catches Eisenstein and commiserates with him and Rosalinde, and separately convinces both of them to attend Prince Orlofsky’s party that night. Rosalinde, realizing what’s up, gives Adele her night off and gets ready to go to the party. Alfredo reenters to distract her, only to be surprised by Superintendent Frank, who has come to arrest Eisenstein. Rosalinde pretends Alfredo is her husband, and Frank arrests him.
Act II Adele arrives at the party, starry-eyed, only to find that Ida did not send the invitation and has no idea why Adele is here. Prince Orlofsky enters with Falke and explains to the guests that while a host is allowed to be bored, his guests must have an extravagantly wonderful time or he will kick them out. Ida introduces Adele to Orlofsky as a celebrity actress, and the two hit it off. Falke steers Orlofsky to the disguised Eisenstein (posing as a French aristocrat), but Eisenstein recognizes Adele and attempts to out her. Adele plays it off with style, declaring to the guests that she is highly insulted and that the “Marquis” must be crazy, and Eisenstein is left in the dust. Rosalinde arrives, disguised as a Hungarian countess, and sings a song “from her homeland” that attracts Eisenstein’s attention. Falke introduces Adele to Rosalinde, who recognizes her and is furious but does not give away her own identity. Eisenstein and Rosalinde strike up a flirtation, and Rosalinde steals Eisenstein’s watch. Orlofsky forestalls a quarrel by turning their attention to Ida’s performance, followed by a waltz for the guests.
Falke seizes his moment to try to expose everyone, but Orlofsky, increasingly irritated by the party’s descent into quarreling, cuts him off, restarts the dance, and disappears into a bedroom with Adele. Frank finally arrives, searching for “Eisenstein”, and catches Alfredo hiding among the guests. Rosalinde, out of costume and on her way home, discovers them and suggests they explain the situation to Orlofsky so Alfredo won’t be arrested. Eisenstein sees Rosalinde and disguises himself as Orlofsky to avoid being recognized. Rosalinde waves down “Orlofsky” and she and Alfredo explain their trouble to Eisenstein, who reveals his identity. Rosalinde reveals that she was the countess, and she and Eisenstein reconcile. Orlofsky emerges, furious to see Eisenstein with his clothes on, and challenges him to a duel. Adele stops him, revealing that she works for Eisenstein and Rosalinde, and Frank realizes that Alfredo is not actually Eisenstein. Orlofsky demands to know what’s going on, and Falke explains: it’s the revenge of the bat!