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The Merry Widow (DVD) – Joan Sutherland

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The Merry Widow (DVD) – Joan Sutherland
Composer: Franz Lehar
DVD Release Date: November 20, 2001
Joan Sutherland
Ron Stevens
Anne Maree McDonald
Anson Austin
Orchestra: Opera Australia
Label: Kultur
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Run Time: 155 minutes

This lavish Opera Australia production of Lehar’s The Merry Widow features Joan Sutherland, Ron Stevens, Anne-Maree McDonald, and Anson Austin.

The Merry Widow
Lehár’s captivating romantic comedy was the biggest success of the composer’s career and, along with Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, represents the most enduringly popular example of the operetta genre. Set in Paris, the story centers on Hanna Glawari, a fabulously wealthy young widow from a fictional Eastern European country and the attempts of its ambassador to find her a new husband in order to keep her fortune in the country and save it from bankruptcy. Mixed in with this are Hanna’s unexpected reunion with a former admirer and the flirtation of the ambassador’s wife with a young Frenchman. The plentiful opportunities for a wide range of romantic and humorous stage magic are obvious, particularly within the operetta format of musical numbers interspersed with spoken dialogue. Premiere: Theater an der Wien, Vienna, 1905.

Franz Lehár (1870–1948)

The Merry Widow takes place amid the vibrant artistic, diplomatic, and social worlds of Paris in the early 20th century and in the expatriate community of Pontevedro, a fictional Balkan country that bears some resemblance to Montenegro.


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