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. Â 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, Australiaâ€™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 partnerÂ
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 Daniloâ€™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?
Hannaâ€™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.
Maximâ€™s Nightclub, later the same evening.
Hanna has reserved the popular nightspot, where she sparks Daniloâ€™s anger by her coquettish antics with the grissettes. The various love intrigues are resolved by vital discoveries about Valencienneâ€™s fan â€“ and the will of Hannaâ€™s late husband!
2 hours and 35 minutes includingÂ two intervals
Viktor LĂ©on 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
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 Majestyâ€™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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1.30pm 19 July
Exhibition Area, Dress Circle, His Majestyâ€™s Theatre