Die Fledermaus (2005)

A sparkling production of Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus at Her Majesty’s Theatre with guest stars Rosamund Illing and John-Michael Howson, starring Joanna Cole, Geoffrey Harris, Roger Howell, Lucas de Jong, Stephen Smith, and Lee Abrahmsen. 

Production Details

November 24, 27; December 3rd, 2005.
Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne.

Composer: Johann Strauss.
Conductor: Greg Hocking.
Director: Hugh Halliday.

Our Director Hugh Halliday describes Die Fledermaus as pure champagne dahlin… pure delight, and what better opera to reflect the optimism which so many have held for Melbourne Opera since our inaugural performance of La Traviata on June 5, 2003?

Principal artists, chorus, orchestra, creative & technical, volunteers, supporters, and audience members alike have been part of the spirit that has gone into rebuilding a professional opera company for Victoria; and it is my pleasure to welcome you to this celebration of a wonderful three years for our fledgling company. The most exciting part of building a company is being able to give opportunities to the many talented artists and musicians who live in Victoria, and I am honoured to have been involved with the company since its inception.

On behalf of the Melbourne Opera Board, may I express our grateful thanks and proud recognition of some very dear friends: our Co-Patrons-in-Chief, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC DBE and Lady Potter AC; Mr Gary Morgan; The Ian Potter Foundation; National Australia Trustees; The Robert Salzer Foundation; and all of our loyal Patrons and Benefactors, whose generous support has made this production possible. Join us in celebrating this champagne moment – our sparkling new production of Die Fledermaus here at the Magnificent Maj!

Welcome to Her Majesty’s
2005 has been one of the most successful years in recent times at Her Majesty’s Theatre, and I can think of no better way to celebrate than with an opera that pivots around a lavish party! This is our sixth opera performance in two years and the third production we have staged with Melbourne Opera.

At the risk of being accused of a certain bias, I believe The Maj is the best place in Melbourne to hear and see opera. Since the days of Dame Nellie Melba and then Dame Joan Sutherland this theatre has stood alone providing wonderful acoustics and clear sightlines that enhance the experience for any audience member. Performers also love playing at The Maj.

Luciano Pavarotti said to the world media that it was on our stage back in 1965 where he ’found his voice’. He made a point, on his recent farewell visit to Melbourne, of seeking out Her Majesty’s Theatre for a final thank you and goodbye. I am so pleased to welcome Melbourne Opera back and to welcome you to The Maj to share in this wonderful production.

Enjoy the party!


Gabriel von Eisenstein – Geoffrey Harris
Rosalinda, his wife – Joanna Cole
Frank, the Govenor of the prison – Roger Howell
Prince Orlofsky, a rich Russian – Donna-Maree Dunlop
Alfred, a singer – Stephen Smith
Dr Falke, a friend of Eisenstein Lucas de Jong
Dr Blind, Eisenstein’s attorney – Matthew Davine
Adele, the Eisenstein’s maid- Lee Abrahmsen
Ida, Adele’s sister – Kathryn Turner
Frosch, the gaoler – Stephen Brodie
Blackamoor, Ivan’s assistant – Alf Duran
Special Guest Artist  – Rosamund Illing
Special Guest Artist (Ivan)  – John-Michael Howson
Louisa Billeter
Rebecca Bywater
Anna-Louise Cole
Giuliana D’Appio
Marie Finne
Kathy Hatton
Jodie Jay
Maree Macmillan
Catherine Meade
Kylie Purcell
Corry Pynaker
Kaye Reichmann
Sue Robertson
Shakira Searle
Norma Tovey
Louise Turner
Kelly Williams Yvonne Williams
Cecily Woodberry
Piers Bray
Stephen Brodie
Kevin Cassels
Hayden Downing
Brendan Fink
Mark Henderson
David Lawson-Smith
John Marum
Bernard Nolan
Roland Seidl
Grant Smallcombe
Matthew Toogood
James van de Grift
Richard Wilson
David Woodberry