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Die Fledermaus (1972)

Director:

Otto Schenk

Writers:

Peter Weiser (adaptation), Otto Schenk (adaptation)
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Credited cast:
Gundula Janowitz Gundula Janowitz ... Rosalinde
Eberhard Wächter Eberhard Wächter ... Eisenstein
Renate Holm Renate Holm ... Adele
Erich Kunz Erich Kunz ... Frank
Wolfgang Windgassen Wolfgang Windgassen ... Prinz Orlofsky
Waldemar Kmentt Waldemar Kmentt ... Alfred
Heinz Holecek Heinz Holecek ... Falke
Erich Kuchar Erich Kuchar ... Dr. Blind
Silvia Lukan Silvia Lukan ... Ida
Otto Schenk Otto Schenk ... Frosch
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Karl Böhm Karl Böhm ... Himself - Dirigiert
Wiener Philharmoniker Wiener Philharmoniker ... Themselves - Es spielen die
Wiener Staatsopernchor Wiener Staatsopernchor ... Chor
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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

31 December 1972 (Austria) See more »

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UNITEL See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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A performance well worth having
4 January 2009 | by lengoldsteinSee all my reviews

Great sound, sterling performances all around, done in echt-sounding Viennese accents and dialect (e.g. "Sofe" for "Dienstmaedchen"). Though there are no cuts, there is no extended gala performance in Act II as is semi-traditional, but that just leaves the length (137 min.) more manageable for an evening at the operetta. One standout is Windgassen, a big burly Heldentenor who would look at home in a wresting arena, cast contrary to type as the world-weary, effete Prince Orlofsky, a role usually played by a woman. The Vienna Philharmonic's performance under Karl Boehm is spirited and lively without overwhelming the performers, and director Otto Schenk does double duty in the non-singing role of the seriously drunken jailer Frosch. I paid $90 for a DVD of this operetta pressed in Japan, at that time the only version available, and consider it money well spent. Don't let it slip away now that it's so much more affordable!


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