Die Fledermaus by Valentino Monticello


Die Fledermaus


Valentino Monticello

Ref GL204
Type Fine Art Print
Limited Edition This Limited Edition Gouttelette on Paper has been printed with lightfast inks onto acid-free, calcium carbonate-buffered stock, mould-made from 100% cotton and sourced from environmentally-conscious paper suppliers. Limited Edition Size: 195 Certified: Yes
Image Size 45 x 40 cm (18" x 16")
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Die Fledermaus (The Bat) is an operetta composed by Johann Strauss II to a German libretto by Karl Haffner and Richard Genée. The operetta première in 1874 in Vienna, and has been part of the regular operetta repertoire ever since. Its first London performance in the original German was in 1895. This is the younger Strauss's most celebrated and popular operetta is an amusing case of mistaken identities and flirtations at a masked ball. It is intoxicatingly melodious and frivolous and confusions of all kinds provide a hilarious vehicle for some of the most captivating music ever written including the ever-popular 'Fledermaus Waltz'. Die Fledermaus tells the story of Eisenstein, who is due to spend the next eight days in prison. However, his old friend, Dr. Falke, is out to avenge a practical joke Eisenstein played on him and tells Eisenstein that he can go to prison after attending Prince Orlofsky's grand party in the guise of a marquis. Eisenstein's wife, Rosalinda, and her chambermaid, Adele, are also woven into the deception and the maid attends the party as an actress and his wife goes as a masked Hungarian Countess. At the ball, Eisenstein flirts with his own wife, who herself narrowly escapes getting caught in her own tryst with tenor Alfred by having the new warden mistakenly arrest the singing Romeo. In the end, they all toast champagne and laugh at Eisenstein's expense. This picture portrays the scene at the ball and shows the masked figure of Rosalinda in its centre. This stunning work of art is produced, in accordance with the artist’s customary technique, using only the labels taken from bottles of fine wine.