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The Merry Widow

Lehár

The Merry Widow

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera HouseJanuary 2 – February 3, 2018
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Tue 2.1.18
7:30 PM
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Wed 3.1.18
7:30 PM
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Thu 4.1.18
7:30 PM
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Fri 5.1.18
7:30 PM
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Sat 6.1.18
1:00 PM
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Sat 6.1.18
7:30 PM
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Mon 8.1.18
6:30 PM
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Tue 9.1.18
7:30 PM
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Wed 10.1.18
7:30 PM
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Thu 11.1.18
7:30 PM
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Fri 12.1.18
7:30 PM
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Sat 13.1.18
1:00 PM
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Sat 13.1.18
7:30 PM
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Hear the story behind the opera. Join us 45 minutes before this performance when a member of Opera Australia's artistic team will share their insights into the opera. Held in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre, this informal and informative talk will help you to get the most out of your opera experience.

Mon 15.1.18
6:30 PM
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Tue 16.1.18
7:30 PM
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Wed 17.1.18
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Thu 18.1.18
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Fri 19.1.18
7:30 PM
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Sat 20.1.18
1:00 PM
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Hear the story behind the opera. Join us 45 minutes before this performance when a member of Opera Australia's artistic team will share their insights into the opera. Held in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre, this informal and informative talk will help you to get the most out of your opera experience.

Sat 20.1.18
7:30 PM
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Mon 22.1.18
6:30 PM
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Tue 23.1.18
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Wed 24.1.18
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Thu 25.1.18
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Sat 27.1.18
1:00 PM
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Sat 27.1.18
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Mon 29.1.18
6:30 PM
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Hear the story behind the opera. Join us 45 minutes before this performance when a member of Opera Australia's artistic team will share their insights into the opera. Held in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre, this informal and informative talk will help you to get the most out of your opera experience.

Tue 30.1.18
7:30 PM
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Wed 31.1.18
7:30 PM
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Thu 1.2.18
7:30 PM
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Fri 2.2.18
7:30 PM
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Sat 3.2.18
1:00 PM
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Sat 3.2.18
7:30 PM
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New production

Hanna is newly wealthy, newly widowed and suddenly, she's the hottest catch in town.

Dapper gents are lining up for a place on her dance card, but the beguiling widow has eyes for only one man: the one that got away.

International star Danielle de Niese returns to her homeland to play the bubbly, beautiful widow, inadvertent heiress of a city's fortune after just eight days of marriage.

She's looking for love, but the widow is not the only one turning heads. There's plenty of love to go around in this story of amorous encounters and elegant romance.

Lehár's charming operetta is filled with delicious waltzes and pretty ballads, including the famous 'Vilja Song'.

Graeme Murphy brings his spirited choreography and direction to this glamorous 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 a merry old dance.


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 Tony David Cray
Assistant Director & Choreographer Shane Placentino
Assistant Director Matthew Barclay
English Translation Justin Fleming
   
Hanna Glavari Danielle de Niese
Danilo Danilovich Alexander Lewis
Baron Mirko Zeta David Whitney
Valencienne Stacey Alleaume
Camille de Rosillon John Longmuir
Njegus Benjamin Rasheed
Alexis Kromov Richard Anderson
Dominik Bogdanovich Christopher Hillier
Sylviane Jane Ede
Raoul de St. Brioche Graeme Macfarlane
Viscount Cascada Luke Gabbedy
Olga Kromov Agnes Sarkis
Konrad Pritschich Tom Hamilton
Praskovia Dominica Matthews

Opera Australia Chorus

Opera Australia Orchestra 


Running time: approximately 2 hours & 50 minutes, including two intervals.


Sung in English.


This production of The Merry Widow was commissioned by the Opera Conference, Australia's national partnership of professional opera companies.
The StoryHide

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...

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