The Merry Widow

Melbourne Opera kicks off its 2011 season with a glamorous new production of Lehar`s ever popular operetta The Merry Widow. With an all-star cast headed by popular soprano (and cabaret star) Ali McGregor and David Rogers-Smith, a great night out is assured with some of the best known melodies of all time including the ever popular Vilia. The acclaimed Melbourne Opera Chorus and Orchestra are conducted by Lehar specialist David Kram and the new production is directed by Hugh Halliday, the director of so many of Melbourne Opera’s hits.

 

The Merry Widow tells the hilarious story of the desperate attempts by the tiny bankrupt state of Pontevedro to prevent the enormously wealthy Hanna Glawari (the "merry widow") from marrying a foreigner, thereby resulting in the financial collapse of the Duchy. There are numerous pitfalls on the way to Hanna’s happy reunion with the first secretary of the Embassy, the dashing Count Danilo. A smash hit throughout the world, The Merry Widow is packed with highly enjoyable numbers including the great Vilia, beloved of sopranos and audiences everywhere, as well as several of the most popular and romantic waltzes ever written. Book early as this production will sell out.

 

SUNG IN ENGLISH - Duration: 3 hours, including one interval of 20 minutes, one interval of 10 minutes

 

Synopsis

CAST

Hanna Glawari

 

 

Danilo

 

Zeta

 

 

Valencienne

 

 

Camille

 

 

Kromov

 

 

 

Njegus

 

Bogdanovich

 

St Brioch

 

Cascada

 

Sylviane

 

 

Olga

 

 

Praskovia -

 

 

Maitre D’

 

Ali McGregor

Dominique Oyston

 

David Rogers-Smith

 

Geoff Harris

Ian Cousins

 

Lee Abrahmsen

Angela Hogan

 

Roy Best

Nick Seiderman

 

Jery Kozlowski

John Fernon

 

David Gould

 

Manfred Pohlenz

 

Paul Biencourt

 

Simon Medows

 

Guiliana D'Appio

Angela Lumicisi

 

Cheryl Darvidis

Sarah Somers

 

Cecily Woodsberry

Wendy Trent

 

Richard Wilson

Te Ua Houkamau

CREATIVES

Set Designer            Andrew Bellchambers

 

Costume Designer  Zohie Castellano

 

Lighting Designer    Scott Allan

 

Choreographer -     Michele Forbes

CHORUS

Richard Wilson

Tim Jaques

Te Ua Houkamau

David Woodberry

Paul Dernelley

Bernie Nolan

Dick Dowling

Roland Seidl

Mark Henderson

Michael Carr

Robert Van Keulen

Catherine Meade

Piera Dennerstien

Alice Woodberry

Sue Halls

Sue Robertson

Jennette Green

Debra O’Connor

Maree Macmillan

Emmie Thompson

Kathy Hatton

Melinda Frith

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