`Die Fledermaus' on PBS

Today's TV

December 31, 2004

One dirty practical joke deserves - and begets - another in Johann Strauss Jr.'s 1874 opera Die Fledermaus (8:30 p.m.-11 p.m., WETA, Channel 26), recorded during a 2003 Washington performance. Washington Opera director Placido Domingo pops up in a cameo.

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