"A light frothy confection!"
Right, so I know that Die Fledermaus is technically an operetta, rather than an opera, but it's a major title that I'd never seen before. The Metropolitan Opera has a new production, so we gave it a shot.
I have to say, for something that's supposed to be fun and frivolous, it was really, really long. And, for me, it dragged quite a bit, especially in the Second Act.
The set design for the new production was really stunning, though. It really evoked turn-of-the-(last) century Vienna, with fake Klimt artwork, lots of gold and black and red. It was terrific visually, and the performances were all terrific, but nothing about the music really grabbed me. It all seemed to be just one waltz after another. And the music didn't really give the singers anything to do that was particularly dramatic or interesting. When I think of my best nights at the opera, I think of moments like Sandra Radvanovsky taking a soft note and floating it out in the air, then pulling it back quietly in Il Trovatore. This was not that kinda opera.
But, it was really my first exposure to Viennese Operetta, and it's on my list, after all.