La Chauve-Souris

La Chauve-Souris

La Chauve-Souris

Johann Strauss

OPERETTA by Johann Strauss in 3 acts premiered at the Theater an der Wien in 1874. New French version by Pascal Paul-Harang.

Come and live a pleasant and unforgettable experience at the Opera Comique on the 25th of December! Spend an inforgettable Christmas

Sponsor of the production:
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Musical direction, Marc Minkowski
Staging, Ivan Alexandre
With Stéphane Degout, Chiara Skerath, Sabine Devieilhe, Philippe Talbot, Florian Sempey, Franck Leguérinel, Kangmin Justin Kim, Christophe Mortagne, Jodie Devos, Atmen Kelif, Jacques Gomez, Delphine Beaulieu

Orchestra and choir, Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble 


OPERETTA by Johann Strauss in three acts with a libretto by Karl Haffner and Richard Genée.
Adapted from Le Réveillon by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy. Premiered at the Theater an der Wien on 5 April 1874.
New French version by Pascal Paul-Harang.

The year 2014 will end at the Opéra Comique with Viennese operetta in all its glory – and in a production emphasizing what it owes to French culture: its spirit, launched in the capital of the Habsburgs by Offenbach in person; its sources, borrowed from the flourishing Parisian vaudeville.

In his summer house near Vienna, Prince Orlofsky orchestrates a masked ball through which Falke will take revenge on his friend Eisenstein, who has legal troubles. During the feast all the actors of society are taken away in a whirlwind of plots and lies – but does not one have to be somewhat of a forger to take advantage of existence?

Strauss’s masterpiece will be performed in French thanks to research on the sources by Marc Minkowski, Ivan Alexandre and Pascal Paul-Harang. More Viennese and wilder than ever, our Chauve-Souris will combine musical inspiration and the insolence of a very modern satire.

Presentation of the work by Agnès Terrier 40 minutes prior to each performance.
Performance duration: 3h with an intermission

France Musique will broadcast La Chauve-Souris live on the 3rd january 2015 - 7pm.

Sponsors of the production:


et Charlotte Liébert Hellman


In partnership with:



Musical direction, Marc Minkowski
Staging, Ivan Alexandre
Scenery, Antoine Fontaine
Costumes, Jean-Daniel Vuillermoz

Choreographer, Delphine Beaulieu
Lights, Hervé Gary
Staging assistant, Florent Siaud
Costumes assistant, Séverine Demaret
Musical director assistant, Julien Vanhoutte
Music Staff, Alphonse Cemin
Chorus Master, Nicholas Jenkins

Gabriel von Eisenstein, Stéphane Degout
Rosalinde, Chiara Skerath
Adele, Sabine Devieilhe
Alfred, Philippe Talbot
Me Falke, Florian Sempey
Frank, Franck Leguérinel
Prince Orlofsky, Kangmin Justin Kim 
Me Miro, Christophe Mortagne
Ida, Jodie Devos*
Frosch, Atmen Kelif
Ivan, Jacques Gomez

Dancer, Delphine Beaulieu

Orchestra and choir, Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble                       

Production, Opéra Comique
Partner, Musiciens du Louvre  Grenoble

*Singer of the Académie de l’Opéra Comique

France Musique will broadcast La Chauve-Souris live on the 3rd january 2015 - 7pm.

Sponsors of the production:


et Charlotte Liébert Hellman


In partnership with:


In audio-description

a person with a disability

La Chauve-Souris in audio description
Sunday 21 December 2014 at 3 p.m.
Tuesday 23 December 2014 at 8 p.m.

With the support of:


Unforgettable Christmas!


Lyrical Christmas in the heart of Paris!

Come and live a pleasant and unforgettable experience at the Opera Comique on the 25th of December!

Everyone has heard the overture of Johann Strauss’ Fledermaus before ; but to remember its humor, its friendliness, its wild rythm and its twists and turns, you should spend Christmas eve at the Opera Comique.
For every ticket purchased for this performance, the Opera Comique will offer a special tour of the theatre, a drink during the intermission and, last but not least : The opportunity to win a unique costume worn on stage during one of our past performances!

The celebration program:

  • 11 am/ 12 am: Guided tours in English and in French (45 mn) - full
  • 2.20 pm: "Introduction to the performance in 20 mn", presented by our dramatist.
  • 3 pm: Curtain rises to Die Fledermaus (2h30)
  • Intermission: Complimentary refreshment (echoing the main character of the 3rd act…)
  • Sweepstakes: 20 costumes and accessories to win! (following the performance, a random draw among the audience will select the 20 winners).


3 good reasons to attend Die Fledermaus on the 25th of December

- A joyful day, full of surprises!
- An entertaining opera and an overture which is among the most famous ones!
- A very funny staging with magnificent singer-actors



Act I

Adele, Rosalinde Eisenstein’s pretty maid, receives a note from her sister Ida, a ballerina at the Opera, inviting her to Prince Orlofsky’s lavish ball. How to get a leave of absence? Her mistress Rosalinde is worried: the tenor Alfred, her former lover whose flight resulted in her marrying the annuitant Gabriel von Eisenstein, announces his return by serenading under her windows. And her husband who is to go to jail for having fought with a bailiff! But there he is just returning home with his lawyer, Miro. Not only has he got an eight-day sentence, but he must go to prison on the spot. Yet he orders a fine supper so as to meet this test on a full stomach. His old friend, the notary Falke, arrives discreetly and offers to accompany him to Orlofsky’s ball just before going to jail.It won’t be their first prank, even though Falke keeps a bitter memory of their latest one. Before jail, Eisenstein will bask in the arms of Orlofsky’s ballerinas.Rosalinde sees her husband go to jail in his evening dress… So she grants leave to Adele in order to receive Alfred. No sooner have the two lovebirds begun to dine than the new head warden, Frank, comes to apprehend Eisenstein. Alfred lets himself be arrested in lieu of the husband not to dishonor Rosalinde.


At Prince Orlofsky’s sumptuous villa, the party is enlivened by the ballerinas. Falke, who orchestrates the evening, promises the bored Russian prince a brand new play, “The Bat’s Revenge.” In fact, it is Falke who wrote the note to Adele, so charming in a dress stolen from Rosalinde, and arranges the arrival of Eisenstein who pretends to be an Italian nobleman by the name of Marquis Calzone. Eisenstein thinks he recognizes Adele but at Orlofsky’s roles can be reversed: tonight she tops the bill. Frank, the warden, introduces himself as the Cavaliere Lamento and befriends Calzone whom he cannot identify as Eisenstein, who should languish behind bars at this time. When Rosalinde, informed by Falke, arrives as a masked Hungarian countess, she recognizes everyone, especially her husband, absolutely free and dallying with Adele. The “Hungarian” beauty grabs Eisenstein’s attention and manages to steal the nice watch he regularly uses to ensnare girls.  To dispel suspicions about her identity, Rosalinde sings a traditional hymn to her alleged Hungary. Then Falke asks Eisenstein to tell the story of the Bat. Can the humiliation inflicted upon his friend by Eisenstein the day after a ball three years earlier be avenged? Falke sings the “brotherhood” of the sensualists. The prince sings the supremacy of King Champagne.  At the end of the dances, it is time to go to the prison – for both convict Eisenstein and warden Frank.


The prison where the tenor Alfred goes on serenading to Rosalinde is guarded by Frosch, the jailer drunk with schnapps. Frank returns to his post as drunk as Frosch but with champagne. On Falke’s advice, Adele and her sister Ida come to seek the powerful warden: the maid wants to become an actress, would he accept to be her protector? Frank hides them in a cell as Eisenstein rings the doorbell.  Frank confesses to him that the Cavaliere Lamento does not exist. Eisenstein does the same with his evening friend but Frank refuses to imprison him: a man arrested under his name is singing in cell 12. As lawyer Miro appears to carry out his duties, Eisenstein snatches his suit so as to identify the man who was arrested in his place in his wife’s arms. Rosalinde is there to beseech Alfred not to compromise her and pleads her case to this new lawyer. She accuses her husband of infidelity and produces the evidence: the watch. Eisenstein recognizes the “Hungarian” woman who infatuated him. As Eisenstein refuses to take the place of Alfred in his cell, Orlofsky and his guests burst in, celebrating the Bat’s devilish plot. Everything seems so perfectly devised, and Rosalinde looks so innocent that Eisenstein accepts to stay in jail while Orlofsky decides to take charge of Adele’s career.