la veuve joyeuse

Franz Lehár

Opéra Bastille - from 09 September to 21 October 2017

Die lustige witwe

Operetta in three acts (1905)

Music
Franz Lehár
Libretto
Victor Léon
Leo Stein

After Henri Meilhac - L’Attaché d’ambassade

In German

Conductor
Jakub Hrůša
Marius Stieghorst
Director
Jorge Lavelli
Valencienne
Valentina Naforniţa
Graf Danilo Danilowitsch
Thomas Hampson
Hanna Glawari
Véronique Gens
Camille de Rosillon
Stephen Costello
Vicomte Cascada
Alexandre Duhamel
Raoul de Saint‑Brioche
Karl‑Michael Ebner
Bogdanowitsch
Peter Bording
Sylviane
Rebecca Jo Loeb
Kromow
Michael Kranebitter
Olga
Edna Prochnik
Pritschitsch
Julian Arsenault
Praskowia
Yvonne Wiedstruck
Njegus
Siegfried Jerusalem
Lolo
Esthel Durand
Dodo
Isabelle Escalier
Jou-Jou
Sylvie Delaunay
Frou-Frou
Virginia Leva-Poncet
Clo-Clo
Ghislaine Roux
Margot
Marie-Cécile Chevassus
Set design
Antônio Lagarto
Costume design
Francesco Zito
Lighting design
Dominique Bruguière
Choreography
Laurence Fanon
Chorus master
José Luis Basso

Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opéra national de Paris

French and English surtitles

about


Fall in love often, get engaged rarely, never marry!

- Danilo , Acte II, scène 11


A ball at the Pontevedrian Embassy in Paris is the scene of political and romantic intrigue. The fortune of widow Hanna Glawari needs to remain on Pontevedrian soil and a marriage with her fellow countryman, Count Danilo, would guarantee the country’s stability. An ideal match but not the easiest to secure… Underpinning a whirlwind plot never far removed from dance, Franz Lehár’s score, in true Viennese tradition, displays a degree of orchestral and melodic refinement rarely attained in operetta. Waltzes, mazurkas and polkas set the pace in a production that, transposed to the 1920s, celebrates the splendours of a bygone world whilst raising the curtain on its fragility.

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