Franz Lehár's The Merry Widow

CREATIVE TEAM

Lighting Designer: Gerald King

Wig Designer: Susan Manning

Makeup Designer: Carmen Garcia

Répétiteur: Perri Lo

Répétiteur: Angus Kellett

Assistant Director / SURTITLE™ Translations: Sarah Jane Pelzer

CAST

In order of vocal appearance

Nicole Joanne Brooks as Sylvaine

Gena van Oosten as Praskowia

Daniel Thielmann as Pritchitch

Jason Klippenstein as Bogdanovitch

With the Vancouver Opera Chorus and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra.

INTERVIEW WITH KELLY ROBINSON

INTERVIEW WITH WARD STARE

SYNOPSIS

The Pontevedrian Ambassador in Paris, Baron Mirko Zeta, is giving a ball at the embassy. His home country is nearly bankrupt and he hopes that their Parisian guests will help him raise the money they need. He’s oblivious to the flirtation between his “virtuous” wife Valencienne and the handsome French Aristocrat Camille de Rosillon. In fact, Camille has declared his love for Valencienne and writes, “I love you” on her fan. Zeta eagerly awaits the arrival of the guest of honor, Hanna Glawari, a wealthy Pontevedrian widow. He plans to have Danilo Danilovitch, a womanizing aristocrat and the embassy attaché, marry her so that her wealth will stay in Pontevedro. Hanna arrives and is showered with compliments by the Parisian men. Valencienne realizes she has lost her fan with Camille’s incriminating message and rushes out to look for it. Finally Danilo arrives, fresh from a night of partying at Maxim’s. He and Hanna talk, revealing that they were once in love, but that Hanna, whose family was poor, was considered beneath Danilo’s status, and his family prevented them from marrying. Afraid of seeming to be seen as a fortune hunter, he tells her he’s not interested in marriage and will never say, “I love you.” Meanwhile, Zeta’s chief of staff, Kromov, finds Valencienne’s fan and thinks it belongs to his wife, Olga. Zeta, wanting to spare Olga the scandal, convinces him it belongs to Valencienne. He then meets with Danilo and orders him to marry Hanna for the good of Pontevedro. Danilo tells him he will keep all the Parisian men away from her, but will not marry her. When the ladies choice dance is announced, Hanna selects Danilo, and after some flirtatious bantering the two finally dance.

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