The Merry Widow

Franz Lehár

The Merry Widow

Arts Centre Melbourne, State TheatreNovember 15 – 25, 2017
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Wed 15.11.17
7:30 PM
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Thu 16.11.17
7:30 PM
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Fri 17.11.17
7:30 PM
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Sat 18.11.17
1:00 PM
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Sat 18.11.17
7:30 PM
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Sun 19.11.17
3:00 PM
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Tue 21.11.17
7:30 PM
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Wed 22.11.17
7:30 PM
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Thu 23.11.17
7:30 PM
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Fri 24.11.17
7:30 PM
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Sat 25.11.17
1:00 PM
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Sat 25.11.17
7:30 PM
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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

A couple dines at Arts Centre Melbourne before the operaAllow 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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Conductor Vanessa Scammell
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
Hannah Glawari Danielle de Niese (evenings)
Julie Lea Goodwin (matinées)
Danilo N.N.
Baron Mirko Zeta David Whitney
Valencienne Stacey Alleaume
Camille de Rosillon John Longmuir
Njegus Benjamin Rasheed
Kromow Richard Anderson
Bogdanowitsch Christopher Hillier
Sylviane Jane Ede
Raoul de St. Brioche Graeme Macfarlane
Vicomte Cascada Luke Gabbedy
Olga Dominica Matthews
Pritschitsch Tom Hamilton
Praskowia N.N.

Opera Australia Chorus

Orchestra Victoria

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 shards
+ tea or coffee

Specific dietary requirements can be accommodated, please send us an email after booking.

Published menu is subject to change without notice.
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