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1023 Star Starred
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 N. Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012
213-972-8001
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attended May 03 2007

Beautiful lush production, nicely sung and acted with flair by Susan Graham.

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72 reviews
130 stars
attended May 23 2007

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... continued

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29 reviews
4 stars
attended May 26 2007

The singers were all mis-cast.

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Website

http://www.losangelesopera.com/productions/widow.htm

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Description

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.

Cast

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

Susan Graham

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)

Rod Gilfry

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.