The Merry Widow (Opera Australia)

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Overview

Richard Bonynge conducted and Lotfi Mansouri directed this version of Lehar's operetta. Dame Joan Sutherland plays the lead.
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Overview

Richard Bonynge conducted and Lotfi Mansouri directed this version of Lehar's operetta. Dame Joan Sutherland plays the lead.
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Special Features

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2001
  • UPC: 032031000599
  • Original Release: 1988
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  • Source: Kultur Video
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 50,013

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Martins Prince Danilo
Joan Sutherland Anna Glawari, Hanna
Patricia McBride Sonia, The Widow
Ronald Stevens Danilo,
Anne-Marie McDonald Valencienne,
Anson Austin Camille,
Gordon Wilcock
Graeme Ewer
Australian Opera Chorus
Australian Opera Ballet
New York City Ballet Can-Can Girls, Court Ladies and Gentlemen
Elyse Borne Zozo
Warren Conover Nish, the Secretary
George de la Pena Count Jolidon
Lisa Hess Frou-Frou
Larry Long Baron Popoff
Rebecca Wright Baroness Popoff
Richard Bonynge Conductor
Technical Credits
Virginia Lumsden Director, Producer
Lotfi Mansouri Director
Ruth Page Choreography
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening and Introduction
2. Alone at Last
3. Hanna's Entrance
4. Oh, Fatherland
5. Act One Finale
6. Start of Act Two - Dances
7. Vilja
8. Dances: Reprise
9. Maiden Look, a Soldier Boy
10. Oh, the Women!
11. Dance - The Kolo
12. The Merry Widow Waltz
13. Just as the Sun Awakens
14. Ha! Ha!
15. Hanna's Engagement/Act Two Finale
16. Start of Act Three - Dance
17. Gay Parisian
18. Grisett's Song
19. Love Unspoken
20. Act Three Finale
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Chapter Selections
      Act One
      Act Two
      Act Three
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    For Heavens' Sake, this should be an operetta!

    Joan Sutherland,about 70 or perhaps more who can sing superbly, of course, plays a 25-year old widow (and what she was at 15 or so!). This may be OK in opera (perhaps), but not in a Viennese/Hungarian operetta. Not any more than a 70-year old trying to play a 20-year old in an American musical. Anyone who has seen ''Die Lustige Witwe'' in Vienna, or the ''Víg Özvegy'' in Budapest (Lehárs home town) can testify to the fact this is a very sad performance. The rest of the cast is fine, and certainly the role of Danilo is superbly done. ''Les Grisettes de Paris'' at maxims are also long in the tooth - is this perhaps Anglo-Saxon feminism that had to destroy the greatest of the ''Silver Age'' operettas in this performance? Ultimately, it is sad.

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