Photo: © Laurent Guizard
Theater & Culture

La Chauve-Souris Opéra de Rennes - Rennes, France


Rennes City Council / Rennes Opera House


Rennes, France


La Chauve-Souris (co-production Opera de Rennes, Angers Nantes Opéra).

Stage design


"Die Fledermaus" was appreciated for its musical qualities as well as its stage design and is an operetta in three acts whose music was composed by Johann Strauss. Inspired by the play Le Réveillon by the French authors Meilhac and Halévy, La Chauve-Souris was adapted to the Viennese context by the librettist Richard Genée.

Legend has it that Johann Strauss composed the music for Die Fledermaus in one go: The composer is said to have locked himself in his study for 43 days where, in a moment of creative ecstasy, he pushed his genius to the limits of delirium.

"Die Fledermaus" takes the audience into the Austro-Hungarian upper class of the 19th century and portrays an era and its grievances. Johann Strauss' masterpiece is rich in confusion and unexpected twists and turns, but also contains a good dose of cynicism. "Die Fledermaus" is not only a social satire, but also an expression of longing for a bygone era of nobility and refinement. The dramatic action takes place at Prince Orlofsky's summer house, where, despite the champagne and glitter, vile actions and a desire for revenge cause unrest during a masked ball.

"Die Fledermaus" is conducted by the experienced baton of Claude Schnitzler, who has conducted this work dozens of times at various venues, including the Volksoper in Vienna. More than 80 singers, choristers, dancers and musicians are involved in the performance, for which sumptuous costumes have been created in the workshops of the Opéra de Rennes and the Angers Nantes Opéra.

This opera, sung in German with French surtitles, was recorded on video. As part of the Opéra sur écran(s) project, it will be broadcast in June 2022 in more than 30 cities in the regions of Brittany and Pays de la Loire, on eight local television stations and on France Musique.

Project data

  • For the stage set of the production "Die Fledermaus", 3 custom-made curtains were made from RUBIN in the colour old gold.
  • Made-to-measure covering made of CS VOILE event fabric with sewn-on pleats and 4 handles at the corners.