Franz Lehár

The Merry Widow


November / December 2018


Thursday 29 November  – 7:30pm
Friday 30 November – 7:30pm
Saturday 1 December – 2:00pm
Tuesday 4 December – 7:30pm
Thursday 6 December – 7:30pm

Creatives & Cast

Conductor – Dale Ringland
Director & Choreographer – Graeme Murphy
Associate Director –  Janet Vernon
Set Designer –  Michael Scott-Mitchell
Set & Costume Designer – Jennifer Irwin
Lighting Designer – Damien Cooper
Assistant Director & Choreographer – Shane Placentino
English Translation – Justin Fleming

Hanna Glavari – Greta Bradman
Count Danilo Danilovich – Alexander Lewis
Baron Mirko Zeta – Andrew Turner
Valencienne – Desiree Frahn
Camille de Rosillon – John Longmuir
Njegus –  Mark Oates
Alexis Kromov – Nicholas Cannon
Dominik Bogdanovich – Norbert Hohl
Sylviane – Deborah Caddy
Raoul de St Brioche – Adam Goodburn
Viscount Nicolas Cascada – Jeremy Tatchell
Olga Kromov – Sarah-Jane Pattichis
Konrad Pritschich – Joshua Rowe
Praskovia –Catherine Campbell

State Opera Chorus
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

Running Time

Approximately two hours 50 minutes
including two intervals.

The Merry Widow
Franz Lehár

The impoverished European principality of Pontevedro is in crisis. Ambassador Baron Zeta, faces the task of ensuring that the beautiful and wealthy young widow Hanna Glavari marries a fellow Pontevedrian. But who? The most likely candidate, the charming Count Danilo, seems far more interested in champagne and the chorus ladies than doing his duty to the fatherland.

This jewel of Viennese operetta is loved for its beautiful, romantic music, including the great soprano highlight ‘Vilia’, Danilo’s bravura showcase ‘I’m Off to Chez Maxim’s’ and the beguiling ‘Merry Widow Waltz’.

Director and choreographer Graeme Murphy weaves his magic in this sumptuous production, designed by Michael Scott-Mitchell and Jennifer Irwin.

Sung in English, with English surtitles proudly sponsored by the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation.

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

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