The Merry Widow is a delicious confection: a light-hearted look at love amid the champagne and glitter of Art Deco France. Ladies sweep into ballrooms in silk fishtail gowns, and dapper gents in suits and patent leather shoes kiss your hand and fill up your dance card.
Melbourne-born international star Danielle de Niese plays the beguiling widow, inadvertent heiress of a city's fortune after just eight days of marriage. Fearing the loss of their riches, the society set are determined that she must wed a local, and soon, before any foreigner catches her gaze. But she's got a history with the man they've got in mind, and to complicate matters, the widow isn't the only one turning heads. There's plenty of love to go around in this story of amorous encounters and elegant romance.
Graeme Murphy brings his spirited choreography and direction to Lehár's charming operetta in a brand new production.
Let's waltz, let's sway the night away.
It's time for a little romance.
There's a fortune at stake — which match will she make?
She'll lead you in a merry old dance.
Enjoy dinner before the opera at Arts Centre Melbourne
Allow us to make your dinner reservation for you: 6pm at Café Vic. You'll be served a themed three-course menu for just $75, including matched wine. View the menu.
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Listen to 'Vilja Song' from The Merry Widow
The Merry Widow at Arts Centre Melbourne in 2017
Jennifer Irwin's dazzling costume designs for The Merry Widow
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|Director & Choreographer||Graeme Murphy|
|Creative Associate||Janet Vernon|
|Set Designer||Michael Scott-Mitchell|
|Costume Designer||Jennifer Irwin|
|Lighting Designer||Damien Cooper|
|Sound Designer||Tony David Cray|
|Assistant Director & Choreographer||Shane Placentino|
|Assistant Director||Matthew Barclay|
|English Translation||Justin Fleming|
|Hanna Glawari||Danielle de Niese (evenings)|
|Julie Lea Goodwin (Saturday matinées)|
|Danilo Danilowitsch||Alexander Lewis|
|Baron Mirko Zeta||David Whitney|
|Camille de Rosillon||John Longmuir|
|Alexis Kromow||Richard Anderson|
|Dominik Bogdanowitsch||Christopher Hillier|
|Sylviane||Jane Ede (except 5 Jan)|
|Celeste Lazarenko (5 Jan)|
|Raoul de St. Brioche||Brad Cooper|
|Viscount Cascada||Luke Gabbedy|
|Konrad Pritschitsch||Tom Hamilton|
This production of The Merry Widow was commissioned by the Opera Conference, Australia's national partnership of professional opera companies.
Running time: approximately 2 hours & 50 minutes, including two intervals.
Sung in English with English surtitles.
The tiny state of Pontevedro is bankrupt. Their only hope of financial salvation lies in Hanna, a beautiful widow who inherited her husband's fortune after just eight days of marriage.
The Pontevedrians must convince her to marry a local, lest she take her fortune to foreign shores.
But she's got a history with the man they've got in mind, and there are many twists and turns on the road to falling in love again...
Not afraid of spoilers? Read the full synopsis.
The Pontevedrian embassy, Paris.The Balkan state of Pontevedro is facing financial ruin. Its best hope is that Hanna Glawari, a young rich widow, should marry a Pontevedrian and keep her fortune in Pontevedro, rather than risk marrying a Parisian and losing the money to France. The Pontevedrian Embassy holds a state ball to which Hanna and her former lover, Danilo Danilowitsch are invited. Before her marriage into wealth, Hanna was a poor farm girl whom Danilo’s uncle forbade him to marry. Now the pressure is on to reunite them in marriage. But as Danilo loved the poor farm girl, can he love the wealthy widow?
Hanna’s home in Paris, the next day. Hanna holds a Pontevedrian party. Valencienne, the young wife of the Pontevedrian ambassador, Baron Zeta, continues a fragile romance with a young Frenchman, Camille, who has written a dangerous confession of love on her fan. The intrigue deepens when Hanna and Camille are discovered in the summer house and the hope of her reunion with Danilo appears doomed.
Maxim’s Nightclub, later the same evening. Hanna has reserved the popular nightspot, where she sparks Danilo’s anger by her coquettish antics with the grisettes. The various love intrigues are resolved by vital discoveries about Valencienne’s fan - and the will of Hanna’s late husband!
A feast to celebrate the Grand Duke's birthday.
Allow us to make your dinner reservation: 6pm at Café Vic. You'll be served a themed three-course set menu for just $75, including matched wine.
Simply add dinner to your cart after selecting your tickets.
Twice-cooked goat's cheese soufflé; apple, walnut, rose dressed salad
+ a glass of sparkling wine on arrival
Veal medallion; porcini mushroom and tarragon gratin dauphinoise; pea
and broadbean flowers
+ a glass of shiraz
Gâteau St. Honoré, with coffee sauce, French vanilla ice cream, sugar
+ tea or coffee
Specific dietary requirements can be accommodated, please send us an email after booking.