Die Fledermaus

Glorious music, wonderful singing, and a charming and witty libretto, this joyful work of genius is sure to be one of the highlights of the Melbourne opera going year in 2019!

Composed by the Waltz King, Johann Strauss Junior, Die Fledermaus is perhaps the ultimate operetta. Die Fledermaus is a story about revenge, infidelity, disguises, imprisonment and waltzes! And, oh, what waltzes!

A Viennese gentleman, Gabriel von Eisenstein is supposed to be going to jail for tax evasion. But instead, he ends up going to a grand party at the villa of the Russian Prince Orlovsky. He has been lured there by Dr Falke, a former rival for the hand of
von Eisenstein’s wife, Rosalinda. However, Dr Falke has also invited Rosalinda, who still thinks her husband will be in jail, to come disguised as an Hungarian Countess. Falke’s aim is to enjoy von Eisenstein’s embarrassment, and the fun really begins when they all turn up at Prince Orlovsky’s party in Act II, including the Eisensteins;’ maid Adele, who has borrowed Rosalinda’s best dress. Inevitably, too much champagne is consumed resulting in a hilarious mixture of disguises and wrongdoings. However, all ends happily without serious incident.

Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria will present a sparkling new production by leading Australian Director and Choreographer Robert Ray, with Musical Direction by Alan Cook.


Opening Night includes a special pre-show talk with Star of Australian Opera, Suzanne Johnston, who will talk about her performances in the role of Prince Orlofsky, and Robert Stolz Viennese Music Society President and Lieder expert Ian Lowe who will relate a story about Robert Stolz meeting Johann Strauss among other interesting things. This talk will begin promptly at 7:30pm (Foyer opens at 7pm, Theatre at 7:15pm), so it is best to pre-book rather than be stuck in a queue for tickets.

Media and Interviews

Here is an interview of Robert Ray by Sam Alfreds on the 3MBS program “Vocal Chords”, recorded on the 22nd June 2019:

Here is an interview of Robert Ray by Stefanie Kechayas on the 3MBS program “Arts Weekly”, recorded on the 13th July 2019:

Listen to our 3MBS advertisement:


Here is an interview of Robert Ray by Bill Watts on the 3WBC program Playbill, recorded on the 16th July 2019:


LANA LOWRY as Rosalinda (Darebin)
APRIL FOSTER as Rosalinda (Maryborough)
FINN GILHEANY as Gabriel von Eisenstein
RON PIDCOCK as Frosch, the Jailer
MARISSA ECONOMO as Prince Orlovsky
RON MACK as Dr Blind

Chorus of party guests and servants:
Michael Behan, Adrian Boulton (Cariconi),
David Bradaska, Michael Hammelmann (Ali Bey),
Ben Klein (Murray) Ken Knight, Chris McInnis,
Lou Monteret, Jamie Tampion, and Kevin Yap (Ramusin).

Joy Lukman (Sabine) Julia Alsop (Felicita),
Sarah Berry, Elizabeth Barry, Annette Dick (Minnie),
April Foster (Faustine), Carmen Hammelmann (Melanie),
Traci Voss, Robyn Pidcock, Amanda Rasmussen (Hermione),
Elspeth Vines (Natalie), and Rachel Buckley.

Maryborough Town Hall

Saturday 20th July 2:30pm
71 Clarendon St, Maryborough
One performance only, running time approx 2hrs 40mins (2 Intermissions)
All tickets $25, purchase at the door


Darebin Arts Centre

26th – 28th July 2019
Cnr Bell Street & St. Georges Road, Preston VIC 3072
4 Performances – Running time approx 2 hours 40mins (2 Intermissions)

Early Rehearsals:


More background about the show, and an introduction from some of the principals:



“Composed non-stop in forty-two ‘nights of veritable rapture’ this is the younger Strauss’s most celebrated and popular operetta – intoxicatingly melodious and exuberant.”
– The Guide to Musical Theatre

“Die Fledermaus is the quintessential operetta penned by the legendary Johann Strauss II and first presented in 1874.”
– Stage Whispers

26th – 28th July 2019

Click Here to Book Tickets at Darebin Arts Centre Box Office

With the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria Orchestra

4 Performances
Running time approx 2 hours 40mins
(2 Intermissions)

Friday 26th July 8:00pm
Saturday 27th July 2:00pm
Saturday 27th July 8:00pm
Sunday 28th July 2:00pm

Darebin Arts Centre

Cnr Bell Street & St. Georges Road,
Preston VIC 3072

Box Office: (03) 8470 8280


Early Bird prices end June 16

Adult: $45 (Early Bird $41)
Concession: $39 (Early Bird $35)
Student: $32 (Early Bird $28)
Child (Under 16): $25 (Early Bird $21)
Family of 3 (Max 1 Adult): $85 (Early Bird $75)
Family of 4 (Max 2 Adults):$126 (Early Bird $112)
Group 10+: $37
Under two years: free (must be seated on a ticket holders lap)