Die Fledermaus (Johann Strauss) – Dame Joan Sutherland’s Farewell Gala

Operetta in three acts
Live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
A Co-Production of BBC TV, Royal Opera House and Monarda Arts / RM Arts


This special performance of „Die Fledermaus“ was Dame Joan Sutherland’s farewell gala from the Royal Opera House after singing on the London stage for almost 40 years. In this gala, she sings in Act II with her two special colleagues and friends Luciano Pavarotti and Marilyn Horne. The celebrated dramatic soprano Joan Sutherland was born and grew up in Australia. She joined the Covent Garden Company in 1952 singing the First Lady in Mozart’s „Die Zauberflöte“. Amongst her numerous honours she was named Dame of the British Empire in 1979 and joined the Order of Merit in 1991. Even after her retirement from the opera stage she was frequently seen at major vocal competitions as adjudicator along with her colleague and friend Marilyn Horne. She died in 2010 in Switzerland, aged 83.


Available at Arthaus Musik (DVD and Blu ray)



Producer: John Vernon
Directed for Screen by: Humphrey Burton
Production Manager: Jane Tanner
Camera: Nick Jordan, Selwyn Cox
Language: English
Subtitles: German, French, Japanese
Running Time: 197 min
Picture Format: 4:3
Year of production: 1990


Creative Team


Composer: Johann Strauss
Libretto: Karl Kaffner, Richard Genée, based on „Le Reveillon“ by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, after Roderich Benedix’s „Das Gefängnis“, english version by John Mortimer
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Chorus Master: Robin Stapleton
Stage Director: John Cox
Light: Robert Bryan
Chorus and Orchestra: Royal Opera House


Adele: Judith Howard
Rosalinde: Nancy Gustafson
Alfredo: Bonaventura Bottone
Gabriel von Eisenstein: Louis Otey

WITH Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Marilyn Horne