Opera North's The Merry Widow

Thu 15 November - Sat 17 November

Opera North's The Merry Widow

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Franz Lehár

An effervescent whirlwind of romance and entertainment.

Hanna Glawari is a young, beautiful and stupendously wealthy widow hailing from the near-bankrupt nation of Pontevedro. Arriving in Paris, French bachelors everywhere vie excitedly for her attention. Meanwhile Baron Zeta, the Pontevedrian ambassador, must ensure that she marries the charming yet dissolute Count Danilo to save the state from financial run. Little does he know that Danilo and Hanna have a history…

Director Giles Havergal’s stylish production is complemented by opulent period costume and dazzling choreography in a work which is filled with wonderful waltz rhythms, rich melodies and catchy tunes. Leslie Travers supplies elegant fin-de-siècle set designs, and Kit Hesketh-Harvey applies brilliant wit to a fresh English version of the most popular of 20th-century operettas.

Cast & Creatives

Hanna Glawari Katie Bird

Valencienne Amy Freston 

Camille de Rosillon Nicholas Watts 

Danilo Quirijn de Lang 

Baron Zeta Geoffrey Dolton 

Conductor Martin André 

Director Giles Havergal 

Choreographer Stuart Hopps 

Associate Choreographer and Director Tim Claydon 

Set and Costume Designer Leslie Travers 

Lighting Designer Oliver Fenwick 

English translation Kit Hesketh-Harvey

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