Music by Johann Strauss the Younger (produced 1874), in a version by Max Reinhardt (1929). Music from other Strauss scores interpolated by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, including Tales from the Vienna Woods, Knight Pazman, and Wine, Women and Song. Lyrics by Paul Kerby. American book by Gottfried Reinhardt and John Meehan, Jr.
George Balanchine; ballet Master: William Dollar
Produced by Lodewick Vroom. Staged by Felix Brentano and George Balanchine (uncredited). Scenery by Oliver Smith. Costumes by Ladislas Czettel. Scenery built by Vail Construction Company and painted by E. B. Dunkel Studios; costumes executed by Brooks Costume Company. Lighting by Jean Rosenthal
October 28, 1942, New Opera Company, Forty-fourth Street Theatre, New York. Conductor: Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Rosalinda von Eisenstein, Dorothy Sarnoff; Gabriel von Eisenstein, Ralph Herbert; Adele, Virginia MacWatters; Prince Orlofsky, Oscar Karlweis; Dr. Frank, Paul Best; Frosch, Louis Sorin; and others. Premier Danseur, José Limón; Première Danseuse, Mary Ellen Moylan; 10 female dancers, 7 male dancers.
107. Dances for Sir Oswald Stoll's Variety Shows (DIE FLEDERMAUS), 169. The Bat, 199. El Murciélago (The Bat), 294. The Countess Becomes the Maid
521 performances, followed by national tour. Created during Balanchine’s year-long association with the New Opera Company, dedicated to producing opera in English, for which he choreographed opera divertissements and mounted a production of Ballet Imperial.
PROLOGUE: A mimed bat sequence with cape for Todd Bolender, ending with his jumping through a window.
WAITERS DANCE (Act I): Todd Bolender, Douglas Coudy.
BALLETS IN BALLROOM SCENE, INCLUDING GRAND WALTZ
FINALE (Act II): Mary Ellen Moylan, José Limón, ensemble.
DREAM PANTOMIME: DANCE OF DRUNKEN GENTLEMEN IN PRISON (Act III): Paul Best, male ensemble, ‘ballerina,’ dancing couples.