ROSALINDA is an English-language adaptation of Johann Strauss II’s operetta Die Fledermaus.

Photo by Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations


ROSALINDA is a 1942 Broadway musical adapted from Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus.


Music by Johan Strauss II
Adapted by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Lyrics by Paul Kerby
Book by Gottfried Reinhardt and John Meecham, Jr.
Adapted from Max Reinhardt’s version of Die Fledermaus

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Instrumentation: 24 Parts

2 Violin I
1 Violin II
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
1 Flute I
1 Flute II
1 Oboe
1 Clarinet I (in A and Bb)
1 Clarinet II (in A and Bb)
1 Bassoon
1 Horn I
1 Horn II
1 Trumpet I
1 Trumpet II
1 Trombone I
1 Trombone II
1 Trombone III
3 Percussion (3 players)
1 Harp
1 Piano
Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material
Percussion I: Timpani (2 drums), Bass Drum w/ Cymbals, Snare Drum
Percussion II: Bells, Suspended Cymbal (soft mallet), Hand Cymbals
Percussion III: Triangle, Tambourine, Spurs

Rehearsal Materials

1       Piano Conductor’s Score
1       Prompt Book for Director
14    Prompt Books for Cast
9      Vocal Parts
25    Chorus Parts

Cast List

(In order of appearance)

Adele, Eisenstein’s maid
Alfredo Alleventano, tenor of the Imperial Opera in Vienna
Henry Eisenstein, a moderately wealthy citizen of Vienna
Rosalinda Eisenstein, his wife
Blint, a lawyer
Momo Falke, a cavalier
Richard Frank, the prison ward of Hietzing
Fifi, a ballet girl
Prince Orlofsky, a nobleman
Aide de Camp
Frosch, the jailer
A Policeman
A Postman
Male and female citizens of Vienna
Premier Dancers
Premiere Danseuses

Brief History

ROSALINDA opened on Broadway at the 44th Street Theatre, October 28, 1942 and played at several theaters for a total of 611 performances starring Dorothy Sarnoff in the title role and Ernest McChesney as Gabriel von Eisenstein.