The Merry Widow, The Dom Pérignon of Champagne Operettas
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An all-star lineup takes the stage at the Greek to perform the futuristic, synth-heavy electronic music of elusive Nigerian artist William Onyeabor. Onyeabor self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in Nigeria, but after becoming a born-again Christian turned his back on his work and refused to speak about it for nearly three decades. Last year, after a five-year odyssey to track down Onyeabor and secure his permission to release his music, the Luaka Bop label issued World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? The album was named one of Time magazine's top ten albums of the year and Pitchfork's Best Reissue of the Year 2013. Even now, after the album's enormous success, the artist's life story remains a mystery -- and he seems content to keep it that way. The show features David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), the legendary Lijadu Sisters of Nigeria in their first live performance in 30 years, Money Mark, Joshua Redman and Sinkane. The evening begins with a DJ set by special guest Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie). Learn More
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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.