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, inadvertant 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.
Simply add dinner to your cart after selecting tickets.
Listen to 'Vilia' from The Merry Widow
|Director & Choreographer||Graeme Murphy|
|Creative Associate||Janet Vernon|
|Set Designer||Michael Scott-Mitchell|
|Costume Designer||Jennifer Irwin|
|Lighting Designer||Damien Cooper|
|Sound Designer||Michael Waters|
|Assistant Director & Choreographer||Shane Placentino|
|Assistant Director||Matthew Barclay|
|English Translation||Justin Fleming|
|Hannah Glawari||Danielle de
Julie Lea Goodwin (matinées)
|Baron Mirko Zeta||David Whitney|
|Camille de Rosillon||John Longmuir|
|Raoul de St. Brioche||Graeme Macfarlane|
|Vicomte Cascada||Luke Gabbedy|
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 & 35 minutes, including one interval.
Sung in English.
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 subscription package.
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.