The Merry Widow was the runaway hit of its period. The beauty of the music, the glamour of the setting, and the effortless charm all combine to seduce the audience, just as the characters on stage seduce each other.
This is a comedy of manners, with money as its secret motivating force. The Merry Widow deals with couples in love, misunderstandings, evasive declarations, and finally a happy ending. Art deco glamour, silky ballroom gowns and dapper gents complete this charming operetta. This brand new production, directed by Graeme Murphy, will open its Australian run in Perth.
This production was commissioned by the Opera Conference, Australia’s national partnership of professional opera companies.
Sung in English
The principality of Pontevedro is facing financial ruin. Its best hope is that Hanna, a young rich widow and heiress, should marry a Pontevedrian and keep her fortune in Pontevedro.
The Pontevedrian embassy in Paris holds a state ball, to which Hanna and her former lover Danilo are invited. It turns out that Hanna was poor before her marriage and Danilo’s uncle forbade their match. In spite of flirtations and matchmaking by other guests at the ball Hanna and Danilo reconcile.
The next evening, at a ball at Hanna’s mansion, two entanglements continue: Hanna with Danilo, and Valencienne with Camille, all involving a fan with the inscription “I love you” on it.
On the third evening a ball is again held at Hanna’s mansion, decorated as the popular nightclub Maxim’s. The intrigue tightens as Hanna reveals that, should she remarry, she will lose her fortune. Despite this news, Danilo declares his love for her. Then Hanna triumphantly reveals that she will lose her fortune because it will become the property of her new husband!
2 hours and 35 minutes including one interval
Viktor Léon and Leo Stein
DIRECTOR AND CHOREOGRAPHER
ASSISTANTS TO SET DESIGNER
Isabel Hudson, Charles Davis
CAMILLE DE ROSILLON
BARON MIRKO ZETA
VICOMTE NICOLAS CASCADA
RAOUL DE ST BRIOCHE
West Australian Opera Chorus
West Australian Symphony Orchestra
INTRODUCTION TO OPERA TALKS FOR SUBSCRIBERS
6pm – 7.15pm Wednesday 28 June 2017
Complimentary benefit for subscribers
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WESFARMERS ARTS PRE-PERFORMANCE TALKS
7pm 15, 18, 20, 21, 22 July
1.30pm 19 July
Exhibition Area, Dress Circle, His Majesty’s Theatre