Franz LEHAR (1870-1948)
The Merry Widow
Yvonne Kenny, Bo Skovhus, Angelika Kirchschlager, Gregory Turay
Sung in English
Catalogue Number OA0836D
Region Code: All regions
Picture format: 16/9 Anamorphic
Sound format: Dolby Digital stereo, Dolby 5.1 surround
Menu languages: GB
Running time: 120 minutes
"It's a wonderfully rich piece of musical theatre, of course gorgeous melodies but also the story touches on some real basic truths about human relationships" Director Lotfi Mansouri
BBC Opus Arte are proud to release Lotfi Mansouri's spectacular last production as General Director of The San Francisco Opera with Yvonne Kenny making her debut in the title role of the Merry Widow.
To bring fresh insight into Lehár's classic operetta new dialogue was specially commissioned from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Wendy Wasserstein. Also an original ballet was composed to set the scene 'Chez Maxime'
This production also features another world premiere, Njegus's song "Quite Parisian" although Lehár in fact, wrote it later.
- Illustrated Synopsis
- Cast Gallery
- "Impressions" - Lotfi Mansouri, Yvonne Kenny, Bo Skovhus, Angelika Kirchschlager and Gregory Turay discuss The Merry Widow
- Illustrated booklet with an essay by Camille Crittenden examining what insight the Merry Widow gives into women's roles in fin-de-siecle Vienna