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The Merry Widow (1988)

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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Richard Bonynge ... Himself - Conductor
Elizabethan Philharmonic ... Themselves - Orchestra
The Australian Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Australian Opera Ballet ... Dancers
Patrick O'Neil ... Gigolo
Jonathon Welch ... Maitre d'Hotel
Lois Strike ... Cocotte
Christopher Dawes ... St. Brioche
Neil Kirkby ... Cascada
Jennifer Bermingham ... Zozo
Donald Solomon ... (Pritschitch)
John Germain ... Kromow
David Brennan ... Bogdanovitch
Irene Cassimatis ... Olga
Caroline Clack ... Sylviane
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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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Musical | Comedy

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13 November 1988 (Australia)  »

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Opera Australia: The Merry Widow  »

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Recorded live at the Sydney Opera House, 23 February, 1988. See more »

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Version of Die lustige Witwe (1962) See more »

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A treat
3 July 2011 | by 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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