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Johann Strauss: "Die Fledermaus" for the New Year

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We’ll once again enjoy a European tradition on this week’s Sunday Opera (12/27 3:00 p.m.) as we prepare you for your New Year’s celebrations with Johann Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus.”  This delightfully comic battle-of-the-sexes features some stellar singing from some old favorites including Hilde Guden, Regina Resnik, Waldemar Kmentt, Erika Koth, and Walter Berry.  In addition to these, the gala concert at Count Orlafsky’s ball includes stellar turns from Renata Tebaldi, Birgit Nilsson, Mario del Monaco, Teresa Berganza, Joan Sutherland, Jussi Bjorling, Leontyne Price, and a particularly charming duet by Giulietta Simionato and Ettore Bastianni among others.  After the opera, we’ll enjoy another European New Year’s tradition and enjoy an afternoon of waltzes by Johann Strauss, Jr., Josef Strauss, Emile Waldteufel, and Sergei Prokofiev.

Michael is program host and host of the WWFM Sunday Opera, Sundays at 3 pm, and co-host of The Dress Circle, Sundays at 7 pm.