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Johann Strauss

Die Fledermaus

3 h 10 min, incl. 1 interval (30 min)
24.11.2023 – 5.1.2024
Main Stage
Price range
20–110 €
Finnish. Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English
Age recommendation

Swirling waltzes and bubbly happiness all around

Falke, a notary, was once left out in town dressed as a bat. As his revenge, he conjures a series of misunderstandings. Die Fledermaus, which bubbles with lighthearted joy, is an immortal classic in the world of Viennese operetta. It owes its enduring success to true-to-life characters and a fun and fast-paced story, and most importantly, the cheerfully melodic music by Johann Strauss (1825–1899).

At the Finnish National Opera, Die Fledermaus is brought to life in a vibrant display of colour, movement, and kaleidoscopic swirls, all in the whimsical mood of a Viennese waltz and the spirit of the 19th century. The operetta is performed in Finnish.

“Fun, colourful, joyful, and not lacking in humour either. A great choice for an opera novice, too!”

– customer feedback


As a prank after a fancy dress ball, Eisenstein once left Falke, a notary, to spend the night in town dressed as a bat. Falke is longing for revenge and conjures a series of misunderstandings. He talks Eisenstein into attending Prince Orlofsky’s party, where he presents various disguised guests to each other. Eisenstein’s wife Rosalinde has become a Hungarian countess, her chambermaid Adele pretends to be an actress, Eisenstein takes on the role of a marquis, and Frank, a prison director, is costumed as a chevalier.

Eventually the pretention is exposed, illusions are shattered and the entire troupe ends up in prison. In the hilarious denouement they all agree: the champagne was to blame for everything.

creative team

Johann Strauss
Carl Haffner
Finnish translation
Juhani Koivisto
Kurt Kopecky
Marco Arturo Marelli
Marco Arturo Marelli
Dagmar Niefind
Lighting design
Marco Arturo Marelli


Gabriel von Eisenstein
Markus Nykänen
Gabriel von Eisenstein
Jussi Myllys
Helena Juntunen
Johanna Lehesvuori
Koit Soasepp
Prince Orlofsky
Elli Vallinoja
Prince Orlofsky
Pihla Terttunen
Dr. Falke
Jaakko Kortekangas
Dr. Falke
Markus Nieminen
Dr. Blind
Joonas Eloranta
Dr. Blind
Lasse Penttinen
Timo Torikka
Kristo Salminen
Petri Pussila

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