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The Merry Widow (1988)

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The widow, Anna Glawari, faces a dilemma. Pontevedro, her native country, will be left bankrupt if she weds a foreigner. An Embassy plot to marry her off to the debonair Count Danilo ... See full summary »

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Joan Sutherland ...
Ron Stevens ...
Danilo Danilovitch (as Ronald Stevens)
Anne Maree McDonald ...
Anson Austin ...
Camille de Rosillon
Gordon Wilcock ...
Graeme Ewer ...
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Richard Bonynge ...
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Bogdanovitch
Irene Cassimatis ...
Olga Kromowa
Caroline Clack ...
Sylviane Bogdanovitch
Christopher Dawes ...
St. Brioche
John Germain ...
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The widow, Anna Glawari, faces a dilemma. Pontevedro, her native country, will be left bankrupt if she weds a foreigner. An Embassy plot to marry her off to the debonair Count Danilo Danilovitch is complicated by the secret affair which has developed between the French attaché, Camille de Rosillon, and the Ambassador's wife, Valencienne. This light-hearted tale of political and amorous intrigue unfolds amidst the gaiety of high society in turn-of-the-century Paris. Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com>

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A treat
3 July 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Merry Widow is one of my favourite operettas, especially for its amazing music, delightful characters and witty and charming story. This 1988 production of this wonderful operetta is a treat. The costume and set design are gorgeous and there is some very accomplished video directing to be seen. The orchestra are in general excellent, and Richard Bonygne's conducting shows a meticulous eye for detail. The performances are uniformly excellent, with I agree Ron Stevens coming off best performing his part with gusto, wit and charm. Anne Maree MacDonald also plays her part perfectly, and while Joan "La Stupenda" Sutherland is perhaps too old for Hanna she more than makes up for it with her commanding of the stage and also her musicality. I've also noticed in a lot of her performances, there is a sense that when Sutherland is on stage you know it is never going to be any less than spectacular and fun. In conclusion, a real treat. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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