The Merry Widow is Franz Lehár‘s comic masterpiece, played out in a stream of memorable melodies including the familiar ‘Vilja Song’ and ‘Merry Widow Waltz’.
At the Embassy Ball, wealthy widow, Hanna Glawari, leads her society suitors on a merry dance. But how will she win Danilo who counts her riches worthless?
Making their ENO debuts with Lehár’s classic are Director Max Webster (The Lorax) and sought-after Estonian conductor Kritiina Poska. As the vivacious Hanna, ENO favourite Sarah Tynan returns for her second major appearance of the season. She is joined by Nathan Gunn as Danilo, while ENO legend Andrew Shore plays the pompous Zeta.
The Merry Widow runs from 1 March 2019 until 13 April 2019 at the London Coliseum.
WHAT’S THE STORY?
With a truly glamourous setting, Lehár’s operetta centres on the relationship between the dazzling and wealthy young widow Hanna and Danilo, who has an appetite for wine and women. As this delightful tale of a woman’s quest for love unfolds, their burgeoning romance is hampered by mishap, intrigue and comedic misadventure.
WHO’S IN IT? THE MERRY WIDOWS CAST
The cast features Sarah Tynan (Hanna Glawari), Nathan Gunn (Count Danilo Danilowitsch), Andrew Shore (Baron Mirko Zeta), Robert Murray (Camille de Rosillon), Rhian Lois (Valencienne), Nicholas Lester (Vicomte Cascada) and Jamie MacDougall (Raoul de St Brioche).
Conducted by Kristiina Poska, directed by Max Webster, set design by Ben Stones, costume design by Esther Bialas choreography by Stephen Mear and lighting design by Bruno Poet.
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Venue InformationLondon Coliseum, St. Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES
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