The Kufstein Operetta Summer is in its 13th year in 2019. Mighty Kufstein Fortress high above Kufstein is the extraordinary, historic outdoor venue for Johann Strauss’ masterpiece “The Bat”.
Johann Strauss the Younger had already cemented his reputation as The Waltz King by the time he wrote his operetta “Die Fledermaus” (‘The Bat’). In Strauss’ time, Vienna was fast becoming the entertainment centre of Europe and increasingly his music was being heard and danced to in ballrooms all over the Austrian capital at the end of the 19th century. Everything that happens in this intriguing combination of music, comedy, or dance, stems from Dr Falke’s (aka ‘The Bat’) decision to embarrass his friend Eisenstein for having left him to wander home in costume after a drunken party. The Bat contrives to expose both Eisenstein’s and his wife Rosalinde’s taste for extramarital affairs by arranging for both of them to attend a ball in disguise. Eisenstein unwittingly flirts with his own wife while her lover languishes in prison. By the end of the piece, the characters reveal who they really are, but will they forgive one another? This summer, Kufstein Operetta Summer offers lovers of operetta, and of the uplifting music of Johann Strauss, the opportunity to enjoy his great work, The Bat, once again. The operetta has been staged all over the world. The wonderful cast of 130 and the excellent orchestra will thrill the audiences with its brilliant score, such as “Happy is he who forgets” and “Brothers and sisters”.
Mighty Kufstein Fortress, towering high above the charming small town of Kufstein, is the extraordinary, historic outdoor venue for the Kufstein Operetta Summer, which is now in its 13th year. The outdoor performance at the Festival Arena, which can be covered in the event of inclement weather, is a captivating and memorable experience.