The Merry Widow, The Dom Pérignon of Champagne Operettas
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Sensational! The sets and costumes drew ovations. The dance numbers couldn't have been better, with full company of pros, rather than the sometimes minimal version that often comes to LA. The cast not only had wonderful voices, but were also...continued
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In The Merry Widow, the leading lady is the high-spirited Anna Glawari, who was married to the wealthiest man in the mythical European kingdom of Pontevedro. Her love interest is Prince Danilo, a charming playboy who is allergic to marriage and addicted to can-can girls. As sparks fly, the stage is set for a battle of the sexes played out in glittering Paris, where they dance, romance and take a chance on love.
Franz Lehár’s effervescent score is filled with frothy waltzes and such timeless songs as “Vilja,” “You’ll find me at Maxim’s,” “Girls, girls, girls” and the lilting “Merry Widow” waltz. Lotfi Mansouri’s spectacular production has stunning Art Nouveau sets, opulent costumes and dazzling choreography. The Merry Widow is a fun and festive party from start to finish.
Susan Graham – Anna Glawari
Rod Gilfry – Danilo
Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz – Valencienne
Eric Cutler – Camille De Rosillon
Greg Fedderly – St. Brioche
Jamie Offenbach – Bogdanowitsch
Jason Graae – Njegus
Jake Gardner – Baron Mirko Zeta
The celebrated American mezzo returns for a second appearance this season to perform one of her signature roles. As the vivacious Widow, she’s sure to captivate, and audiences will be “enamored by her supple, light and effortless singing” as well as her “robust and comic portrayal.” (New York Times)
No artist could be more irresistible as the dashing Prince Danilo than this L.A. Opera favorite. His matinee-idol good looks match a rich burnished baritone and charming stage presence. Opera News says, "He danced and sang the role as if fashioned from pure air.”
Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Director: Lotfi Mansouri
Costume Designer: Thierry Bosquet
Set Designer: Michael Yeargan
Lighting Designer: M.L. Geiger
This production is from the San Francisco Opera.
The opera is sung in English
There will be a pre-performance lecture one hour prior to each show, led by Kimberlea Daggy.
Artists and dates are subject to change.