Tuesday, May 31, 2011

21/05 Strauss opera "Die Fledermaus" to debut in Beijing in German-Chinese fashion

English.news.cn   2011-05-21 08:55:24

BEIJING, May 21 (Xinhua) -- Sung in German with Chinese dialogues, "Die Fledermaus (The Bat)," the most popular operetta composed by Johann Strauss Jr., will be presented here in June under the direction of British theater director Stephen Lawless.
"The scripts of the upcoming 'Die Fledermaus' weren't changed much as we want the production to be true to its original version and reflect its original spirit," said Deng Yijiang, spokesman with the National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA), which will stage the new production.
"Die Fledermaus," set in Vienna in the late 19th century, is a comedic tale of amorous intrigue and vengeance that takes shape at a bourgeois house and ends in a Vienna prison.
According to Deng, in order to make the performance more understandable and enjoyable for Chinese audiences, the NCPA production of the "Fledermaus" will be sung in the original German language with Chinese-language dialogues.
Describing the upcoming production as a very exquisite comedy full of Viennese-style yet universal black humor, director Stephen Lawless believes the operetta will also "tickle" Chinese audiences.
According to Lawless, while including some unconventional touches, the NCPA production will still largely rely on the original music and scripts.
The operetta, scheduled from June 3 to 6, is part of the 2011 NCPA Opera Festival, which runs from April to July.
Editor: Mo Hong'e

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