Operagasm Review Rundown: Met’s Die Fledermaus
by Christie Connolley
Speaking of comedy, it doesn’t get much funnier than Die Fledermaus. Well, if it is done right and according to Martin Bernheimer of the Financial Times, the Metropolitan Opera’s brand new production of the comedic classic may not have hit all the right notes. Check it out in Operagasm’s Review Rundown!
Live from New York! They are improving like SNL over here! ”One could hardly have guessed this, given the lavish yet clunky version concocted by Jeremy Sams. Bearing his own cutesy-rhymed lyrics, he makes Fledermaus a trial in which everyone constantly mugs, prances, struts, kicks and talks, talks, talks. The talking entails inane dialogue inserted by Douglas Carter Beane. The marathon finished, not incidentally, 25 minutes behind schedule.”
Can’t they do both? ”Musical matters are handled by Adam Fischer, who imposes speed wherever possible. The cast, probably more concerned with acting than with singing, serves Sams better than Strauss.”
In summation: ” When all is endlessly said and badly sung, this Fledermaus is fussy, frantic and frenzied to a fault. Literally.”
Bernheimer has some seriously harsh words about the singers too…. Check out the full review here!