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New York's Met Opera opened new production of 'Die Fledermaus' on New Year's Eve

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Nothing says happy new year better than a bat.

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And a new production of "Die Fledermaus" (The Bat), that traditional New Year’s Eve event, opened Dec. 31 at New York's Metropolitan Opera.

Also new, Met debuts abounded that night, including:

  • Jeremy Sams, writer and creator of the Met's Baroque pastiche opera "The Enchanted Island" made his Met directing debut. Sams sets Johann Strauss, Jr.'s comic operetta in Vienna on Millennium's Eve 1899-1900. A far cry from Sams' direction of "Noises Off" Broadway revival.

To watch a video of Sams' interview with the Met about "Die Fledermaus" (a.k.a. The Flying Mouse), click here; to read Sams' interview, click here.

  • Playwright Douglas Carter Beane made his Met debut writing new English dialogue for the classic Strauss operetta that's spoken as much as it's sung.

Beane wrote the new book and additional lyrics for Broadway's current hit "Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella". Beane's "The Nance" premiered on Broadway earlier in 2013. He earned Tony nominations for his play "The Little Dog Laughed", and for the books of four musicals.

Burstein was in "The Snow Geese" on Broadway through Dec. 15, and will appear in the Broadway revival of "Cabaret" April through Aug. 2014.

Wolfe was in "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" on Broadway earlier in 2013, and she'll star as Ellen in the Broadway musical adaptation of Woody Allen’s film "Bullets Over Broadway" next April.

Adam Fischer conducted a principal cast led by Susanna Phillips, Jane Archibald, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Michael Fabiano, Christopher Maltman, and Paulo Szot, all in their Met role debuts.

The New Year's Eve performance was followed by dinner, dancing, and fireworks.

Can't make it? On Dec. 31 (among other dates), hear it live on Metropolitan Opera Radio on SIRIUS XM Channel 74, or see it streamed live on the Met’s website, http://www.metopera.org.

For New Year's Eve traditions, surely the flying bat beats the falling ball.

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