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Metropolitan Opera: Strauss 'Die Fledermaus'

Photo: Met Opera Archives

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2023-24 season of Saturday matinee broadcasts continues with an operetta that’s been heard on countless festive occasions – and is celebrating a birthday of its own: Johann Strauss Junior’s "Die Fledermaus."

This broadcast celebrates the 150th anniversary of Strauss’s effervescent favorite in a performance from 1986 starring Kiri Te Kanawa – who recently marked the 50th anniversary of her Met debut.

Te Kanawa leads a glorious cast, including Håkan Hagegård, Judith Blegen, and Tatiana Troyanos, in this romantic romp about pranks, disguises, and the power of champagne.

Jeffrey Tate conducts the infectious, toe-tapping score.

"Die Fledermaus" will be heard over the Robert K. Johnson Foundation-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 1:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 13.

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