Complete Series: 3447
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
1964 Eighty-sixth Season 1965
UNIVERSITY MUSICAL SOCIETY
THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
Charles A. Sink, President Gail W. Rector, Executive Director Lester McCoy, Conductor
Special Presentation Complete Series 3447
NEW YORK CITY OPERA
JULIUS RUDEL, General Director
Opera in Three Acts
Music by Johann Strauss
English Version by Ruth and Thomas Martin
Friday Evening, November 20, 1964, at 8:30 Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
ARS LONGA VITA BREVIS
Gabriel von Eisenstein . Rosalinda, his wife . Frank, the governor of the prison Prince Orlojsky, a rich Russian
Alfred, a singer.....
Dr. Falke, a friend of Eisenstein's Dr. Blind, Eisenstein's attorney . Adele, Rosalinda's maid Frosch, the jailer ....
Ivan, Major Domo .... Solo Dancers Corps de Ballet
Conductor: Felix Popper
Stage Director: Julius Rudel
Scenic Designer: William Pitkin
Costume Designer: Henry Heymann
Choreographer: Thomas Andrew
Chorusmaster: William Jonson
Act I--Villa of Gabriel von Eisenstein, Vienna, 1875.
Act II--Parlor of Prince Orlofsky's villa.
Act III--Entrance to the jail--outer office of the prison warden.
Act I. An off-stage tenor is serenading Rosalinda. Adele, her pretty maid, has received an invitation to a ball that evening at Prince Orlofsky's. Naturally, she wants to accept. She asks for the night off on the plea that a sick aunt needs her immediately, but this doesn't work. Rosalinda is distraught over her husband's impending five-day jail sentence (for having insulted an official). Meantime an old flame of Rosalinda's appears (our off-stage tenor, Alfred). Her recent marriage hasn't dampened his ardor; and Rosalinda still has trouble resisting his high C's. He has just left when Rosalinda's husband, Baron von Eisenstein, storms in with his hapless lawyer, who has made a mess of things at court. The sentence has been extended to eight days. Wife, husband, and lawyer, Dr. Blind, bemoan their fate, in a trio.
Dr. Falke, a gay, on-the-town companion of Eisenstein's, comes to invite his unhappy friend to the ball at Prince Orlofsky's. (This is to be the first step toward Falke's revenge on Eisenstein, who once forced him to go through the streets, after a masked ball, dressed as a bat.) A few minutes later Eisenstein departs for jail--attired in white tie and tails! Rosalinda is not as perplexed as she might be by such odd dress for so somber an occasion because her mind is on Alfred. She gives Adele the night off, and soon is alone with her former suitor. Frank, the warden of the jail, interrupts--he has come for Eisenstein. Rosalinda allows Frank to assume that Alfred is her husband, and the poor tenor has no recourse but to follow the warden.
Act II. We are now at the party of the rich Russian, Prince Orlofsky, who is bored with his dissolute existence. Dr. Falke assures him that this party is going to be different for he has arranged a little farce, "The Revenge of the Bat," at which the Prince is
bound to be amused. Adele, dressed in one of Rosalinda's gowns, is introduced as an actress, and Eisenstein as the Marquis Renard. The prison warden, Frank, is introduced as the Chevalier Chagrin. Finally, a mysteriously-masked Hungarian countess arrives. Who is it but Rosalinda (who has been informed by Falke where she can find her husband). She flirts with Eisenstein and manages to get possession of his chiming watch, a trinket he used in his bachelor days to intrigue women. To prove the authenticity of her disguise, she sings a Hungarian csardas. The ball continues until six in the morning. Then Frank and Eisenstein remember their business at the jail.
Act III. A very jolly place is jail: Frosch, the jailer, is gloriously drunk; Alfred's tenor voice is heard incessantly from "Eisenstein's" cell; and Frank (lately the Chevalier Chagrin) arrives, still in a party mood. Two visitors come next: pretty Adele (and her ballerina sister, Fifi) who confesses her true occupation, but sings a charming aria to prove what a fine actress she could be! Eisenstein dutifully presents himself for his prison term, only to be informed that "Eisenstein" (Alfred, of course) is already in jail! Frank's account of Alfred's tender parting from Rosalinda the night before arouses Eisenstein's jealousy and when Dr. Blind (the lawyer summoned by Alfred to get him out of jai!) arrives, Eisenstein waylays him and arranges to take his place. Meantime, Rosalinda pays Alfred a visit and when Eisenstein (nowthe lawyer Blind) comes in, they relate all the details of Alfred's arrest. Indignant, Eisenstein removes his disguise and accuses Rosalinda of infidelity. She in turn produces his chiming watch! Orlofsky and the others come from the ball and Falke explains his practical joke. Orlofsky takes Adele under his wing; Eisenstein blames his unbecoming behavior at the Prince's on champagne; and all ends in merriment. --Ezra Scuabas
THE NEW YORK CITY OPERA
General Director.........Julius Rudel
Associate Director.........John S. White
Music Administrator ......... Felix Popper
Company Manager........Catherine Parsons
Executive Secretary.........Joan A. jAnoDA
General Press Representatives.....Nat and Irvin Dorfman
Administrative Interns.......Ruth Marie Hider
Norman E. Womack
Musical and Staging Staff . Dean Ryan, Charles Wilson, J. Edgar Joseph
Executive Stage Manager.......Hans Sondheimer
Stage Managers........Bill Field, Dan Butt
Make-up Director........Charles Mullen
Orchestra Personnel.........Secondo Proto
Wardrobe Mistress........Dorothy A. Kilcore
Wardrobe Master.........Clarence Sims
New York City Opera Ensemble: Joan August, Barbara Beaman, Ruth Cabot, Don Carlo, Paul Corder, Harris Davis, Glenn Dowlen, Anthea de Forest, Joyce Gerber, Pcarle Goldsmith, Margaret Goodman, Helen Guile, Don Henderson, Lila Herbert, David Hicks, Robert Lee Kelly, Jodell Ann Kenting, Richard G. Park, Charlotte Povia, Frank Redfield, Anthony Safina, John Smith, Marie Young, and Don Yule.
Feature Dancers: Premier Danseur, Michael Maule Premiere Danseuse, Rochelle Zide
Corps de Ballet: Carolyn Muchmore, Dale Muchmore, Philip Rice, Alexandra Vernon, Ron Watson.
The New York City Opera will present Lehar's Merry Widow Sunday afternoon at 2:30; and Gounod's Faitst in the evening at 8:30 (November 22).
UNIVERSITY MUSICAL SOCIETY
20 jSegovia, Guitarist
26 Artur Rubinstein, Pianist
30 Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan, Conductor
8 Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,
Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Conductor 14 Paris Chamber Orchestra 23 Polish Mime Theatre
27 Netherlands Chamber Choir
1 Rosalyn Tureck, Pianist 7 Chicago Little Symphony 12 Robert Merrill, Baritone 30 Solisti di Zagreb
3 National Ballet of Canada 14 To be announced
Standing room only t Sold out
Messiah (Handel).........Saturday, December 5
and (2:30 p.m.) Sunday, December 6 (All presentations are at 8:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.)
In Rackham Auditorium CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
BUDAPEST STRING QUARTET Wed., Feb. 17 at 8:30 Thurs., Feb. 18 af 8:30
D major, Op. 18, No. 3 Beethoven Cycle F major, Op. 18, No. 1
F major, Op. 59, No. 1 E minor, Op. 59, No. 2
E-flat major, Op .127 A minor, Op. 132
Fri., Feb. 19 at 8:30 Sat., Feb. 20 at 8:30 Sun., Feb. 21 at 2:30
G major, Op. 18, No. 2 A major, Op. 18, No. 5 B-flat major, Op. 1 8, No. 6
F minor, Op. 95 E-flat major, Op .74 C major, Op. 59, No. 3
C minor, Op. 18, No. 4 B-flat major, Op. 130 C-sharp minor, Op. 131 F major, Op. 135 wfugue
Series tickets: $12.00--$9.00--$7.00 Single concerts: $3.50--$2.50--$2.00
1965 MAY FESTIVAL. Orders for series tickets accepted and filed beginning
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