Whoever may have looked forward to being transported back to what Stefan Zweig called “The World of Yesterday” will have got his ticket’s worth with Johann Strauss’ operetta Die Fledermaus (The Bat), performed at the Israeli Opera by the Budapest Operetta Theatre.
It portrays Viennese wellto- do and not so well-to-do society during the Habsburg period – people having nothing better to do than falling in and out of love, seducing whomever was seducible, flirting with whomever was flirtable, betraying whomever was betrayable, partying, having a good time and taking nothing seriously, at least so long as one was not on the losing side.
Kero’s direction and Csorsz Khell’s sets were conservative though lively. Crowd scenes were, well, crowded. Jeno Locsei’s choreography was animated and well-polished.