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The Merry Widow (DVD) - San Francisco Opera

Item# 1000001288

The Merry Widow (DVD) - San Francisco Opera
Composer: Franz Lehár
DVD Release Date: August 19, 2003
Conductor: Erich Kunzel
Yvonne Kenny
Bo Skovhus
Angelika Kirchschlager
Gregory Turay
Orchestra: San Francisco Opera Orchestra
Label: BBC / Opus Arte
Language: English
Subtitles: Spanish
Region: All Regions
Run Time: 188 minutes

This production of Franz Lehár’s operetta The Merry Widow features Yvonne Kenny making her debut in the title role, plus new dialogue specially commissioned from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein. Along with an illustrated synopsis, this DVD also includes an illustrated booklet with an essay by Camille Crittenden examining what insight The Merry Widow gives into women’s roles in fin-de-siele Vienna.

Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow

Franz Lehár’s most popular work—a lighthearted comedy full of memorable melodies—has been an international hit ever since its 1905 world premiere in Vienna. Based on a French play and set in Paris, it tells the story of a wealthy widow whose millions are desperately needed to save her bankrupt home country, the fictional Balkan nation of Pontevedro. The Met first presented The Merry Widow in 2000. A new production premieres on New Year’s Eve 2014.


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