The Merry Widow by Franz Léhar
Opera Danube presents a timeless classic
Performed at St John’s Smith Square 18th & 19th of October 2013
As a country nears bankruptcy, a wealthy widow’s fortune and an arranged marriage appear to be the solution to all their problems. The Merry Widow is the quintessential operetta, filled with romantic ballads, lavish waltzes, raucous cancans and lusty gypsy stylings. Packed with wonderful melodies, including the “Merry Widow Waltz”, “Villa” and “Women, Women “, the piece delights today just as it did in Vienna at its premiere in 1905. Doyen of the genre, Simon Butteriss directed and Chris Hopkins conducted the Orchestra of the City, an ensemble with a growing reputation throughout the UK.