Johann Strauss Jr.
The greatest masterpiece of the golden era of the Viennese operetta
The operetta Bat by the Viennese composer Johann Strauss Jr., the same as The Happy Widow, rightfully belongs to the most played and most beautiful world operettas. When the Bat premiered, the composer was already 49 years old. He began writing for the theatre relatively late; The Bat was only his third operetta. However, it was written by a perfectly mature musician – already famous at this time and a recognized composer of waltzes, marches and songs. A humorous and imaginative libretto by Carl Haffner and Richard Gené, together with the beautiful song by Strauss is what stands behind the success of this operetta. Rather than betting on obligatory opera clichés, this time librettists went for a well played out situational comedy. It was directed by Zbyněk Brabec, for whom this direction on the stage of the Moravian Theatre Olomouc was a premier.