Kathleen Laundy Costume Designer
The scene is set in Vienna, 1874. One drunken evening, when Falke was dressed as a bat for a costume ball, his best friend Eisenstein played a practical joke on him that made him the laughingstock of Vienna. Falke decides to get his revenge by manipulating Einstein's wife, Rosalinde, her maid, Adele, and Adele's sister Ida, to come to a masquerade ball at Count Orlofsky's villa. The guests toast to love, and brotherhood until the stroke of midnight, when the joke is revealed.