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Lincoln Center, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023
Ended 7 May 2015 after 13 days
Susan Graham stars in this lavish staging of Lehar's comic masterpiece
Susan Graham returns to the Met with the title role in Francis Lehar's classic operetta. Directed by Tony Award-winning Susan Stroman (The Producers), this production promises a lavish take on Lehar's comic story of love blossoming amidst bureaucratic wrangling. Graham will play Hanna Glawari, a newly wealthy widow in the impoverished country of Pontevedro, whose fortune could be the only thing that saves her native land from being plunged into bankruptcy. Danielle de Niese performs as Valencienne, starring alongside Rod Gilfry who plays the role of Danilo.
Set amid the lamplit glamour of fin de siecle Paris, this popular opera tells the comedic and bittersweet love story between the engimatic widow, Hanna Glawari and the dashing Danilo, who was forced to spurn her love years before due to her low birth. The race is on to find Hanna a husband of Pontevedro origin (a principality of Spain), otherwise the loss of her wealth will mean disaster for the economy. The action is filled with elegant ladies, eligible bachelors and Maxime's famous can-can dancers. Will Danilo ever admit his love for Hanna, or will she remain convinced that her many suitors are looking to her fortune, rather than to her as a person? The Merry Widow has become one of the 20th century's most beloved works, and has crossed over into ballet as well.
Opening night: 24 April 2015
Closing night: 7 May 2015
Suitable for ages 12+
Two hours and 45 minutes including an intermission
The opening performance on 31st December will start at 19.00
Sung in English, with subtitles in English, German and Spanish
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