Johann Strauss Jr. was the brilliant young waltz king of Vienna when he crossed over into operetta and hit it big with Die Fledermaus, which premiered in 1874. Adapted from a French play racy enough that it had to be tamed for an Austrian audience, this three-act cream puff turns on a delicious conceit: a husband unwittingly attempts to seduce his own wife at a masquerade ball. The ebullient melodies are irresistible; the “traditional” but new-to-Chicago production is a loan from the San Francisco Opera. Soprano Juliane Banse is Rosalinde, the wife (with her own outside love interest); baritone Bo Skovhus is her deluded husband, Eisenstein; and mezzo-soprano Emily Fons, a Ryan Opera Center alum, plays the trouser role of Prince Orlofsky, who hosts the ball. Ward Stare conducts; the operetta is sung in German with English surtitles. —Deanna Isaacs $34-$264
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