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The Merry Widow

HIS MAJESTY’S THEATRE

15, 18, 19 (matinee), 20, 21, 22 July

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
Part proceeds from ticket sales will support Telethon 7, West Australian Opera’s official charity partner 

SYNOPSIS

ACT ONE:
The Pontevedrian embassy, Paris.

The Balkon state of Pontevedro is facing financial ruin. Its best hope is that Hanna Glavari, 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 Danilovich 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?

ACT TWO:
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.

ACT THREE:
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 grissettes. The various love intrigues are resolved by vital discoveries about Valencienne’s fan – and the will of Hanna’s late husband!

DURATION

2 hours and 35 minutes including two intervals

COMPOSER
Franz Lehár

LIBRETTO
Viktor LĂ©on and Leo Stein

ENGLISH TRANSLATION
Justin Fleming

CONDUCTOR
Vanessa Scammell

DIRECTOR AND CHOREOGRAPHER
Graeme Murphy

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
Janet Vernon

SET DESIGNER
Michael Scott-Mitchell

COSTUME DESIGNER
Jennifer Irwin

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Shane Placentino

ASSISTANTS TO SET DESIGNER
Isabel Hudson, Charles Davis

LIGHTING DESIGNER
Damien Cooper

HANNA GLAVARI
Taryn Fiebig

DANILO DANILOVICH
Alexander Lewis

VALENCIENNE
Emma Pettemerides

CAMILLE DE ROSILLON
John Longmuir

BARON MIRKO ZETA
Andrew Foote

NJEGUS
Michael Loney

VICOMTE NICOLAS CASCADA
Sam Roberts-Smith

RAOUL DE ST BRIOCHE
Jonathan Brain

DOMINIK BOGDANOVICH
Thomas Friberg

SYLVIANE
Harriet O’Shannessy

ALEXIS KROMOW
Mark Hurst

OLGA
Penny Shaw

KONRAD PRITSCHICH
Mark Alderson

PRASKOVIA
Ileana Rinaldi

West Australian Opera Chorus
West Australian Symphony Orchestra

THE MERRY WIDOW DEVONSHIRE TEA
Wednesday 19th July
12.30pm for Tea
2.00pm for Performance

Join us for The Merry Widow and enjoy a Devonshire Tea pre show at His Majesty’s Theatre.
Gorgeous tea and coffee with scones, jam and cream for only $10 per person when you purchase a ticket to The Merry Widow matinee on Wednesday 19 July
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INTRODUCTION TO OPERA TALKS FOR SUBSCRIBERS

6pm – 7.15pm Wednesday 28 June 2017
Complimentary benefit for subscribers
Bookings required administration@waopera.asn.au or 9278 8999

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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

BARRE CAFE
Enjoy pre-show dining at Barre Cafe at His Majesty’s Theatre Perth
To make a reservation, please call 08 9226 1006

Barre Cafe The Merry Widow menu

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