THE MERRY WIDOW (1905)

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Music by Franz Lehár
Libretto by
Victor Léon and Leo Stein

Sung in English with English Supertitles

AUDIENCE ADVISORY: This production is suitable for all audiences and is ideal for families!

One of the most popular operettas across the globe, The Merry Widow, returns to Opera Saratoga for the first time in thirty years. Hanna Glawari, the Merry Widow, is beautiful and rich… and she’s captivated every man in the country. But Hanna is looking for true love. Will she be able to find a suitor that is not only after her wealth? Will the nation of Pontevedro slip into economic collapse if she marries a foreigner? Will all those dancing girls prove too distracting for the audience?! Franz Lehár's magical score features the famous "Vilja" song, the "Merry Widow Waltz," and many more beloved melodies. 

DID YOU KNOW? 

Franz Lehár (1870–1948) trained at the Prague Conservatory, where his mentors included Antonín Dvořák. He wrote some orchestral music but is remembered primarily for his operettas, especially The Merry Widow, his breakthrough success, and The Land of Smiles. The Merry Widow, which was composed in 1905, ushered in a new era of operettas in which the waltz was used for romantic plot purposes, and was danced as much as sung. Opera Saratoga’s new production continues the company’s Opera-in-Motion initiative, in which dance is prominently integrated into one production each summer. 


PERFORMANCE DATES

Friday, June 29th, 2018 at 7:30pm

Sunday, July 1st, 2018 at 2:00pm

Sunday, July 8th, 2018 @ 2:00pm

Friday, July 13th, 2018 @ 7:30pm


CAST AND CREATIVE

Cecilia Violetta Lopez  Hanna Glawari

Cecilia Violetta Lopez
Hanna Glawari

Megan Pachecano  Valencienne

Megan Pachecano
Valencienne

Laura Zahn  Olga

Laura Zahn
Olga

Anthony Barrese  Conductor

Anthony Barrese
Conductor

Alex Lawrence  Count Danilo

Alex Lawrence
Count Danilo

Quinn Bernegger  Raoul de St. Brioche

Quinn Bernegger
Raoul de St. Brioche

Rachel Mikol  Sylviane

Rachel Mikol
Sylviane

John de los Santos  Director and Choreographer

John de los Santos
Director and Choreographer

Scott Quinn  Camille de Rosillon

Scott Quinn
Camille de Rosillon

John Tibbetts   Vicomte Cascada

John Tibbetts
Vicomte Cascada

Garrett Obrycki  Kromov

Garrett Obrycki
Kromov

Andy Papas  Baron Zeta

Andy Papas
Baron Zeta

Bradley Bickhardt   Njegus

Bradley Bickhardt
Njegus

Nate Mattingly  Bogdonovitch

Nate Mattingly
Bogdonovitch


PRODUCTION TEAM

Conductor: Anthony Barrese
Director and Choreographer: John de los Santos
Scenic Designer: Cameron Anderson
Costume Designer: Glenn Avery Breed
Lighting Designer: Brandon Stirling Baker
 


 

PERFORMANCE VENUE

The Spa Little Theater
21 Roosevelt Drive
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866