Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 - Melbourne Opera and The Merry Widow
Lehar's ever popular "The Merry Widow" opens Melbourne Opera' 2011 season on March 10th at the beautifully refurbished Athenaeum Theatre.

"The Merry Widow" features an all star cast with popular soprano (and cabaret star) Ali McGregor starring as Hanna Glawari, the Merry Widow, whose huge fortune is the subject of much intrigue during the course of the show.

David Rogers-Smith, who scored a massive success in last year's "Pagliacci", plays the dashing Count Danilo, Hanna's former lover who reluctantly accepts the job of seducing Hanna and saving the bankrupt principality of Pontevedro.

Popular Australian tenor Roy Best plays Camille, the young lover of Valencienne, played by current Sun Aria Winner Lee Abrahmsen, and the comic roles of Baron Zeta and Njegus, the Pontevedrian ambassador and Attache respectively are played by Geoffrey Harris and David Gould.

In the pit is international conductor David Kram, who has conducted throughout the world including at such centres as Vienna, Basel and Mannheim.

"The Merry Widow" is directed by Hugh Halliday and beautiful new "belle epoque" sets have been designed by Andrew Bellchambers. Costumes are designed by Zohie Castellano.

"The Merry Widow" swept the world in 1904 and remains a huge audience favourite largely because of the brilliant score which features Merry Widow Waltz, Girls, Girls, Girls, and of course, "Vilvia", Hanna's great aria in Act 2.

Merry Widow premiere season at the Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne.
March 10, 7.30 pm
March 12, 7.30 pm
March 15, 6.30 pm
March 19, 7.30 pm
March 20, 2.30 pm.

Bookings: 03 9650 1500 and Ticketmaster.

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