Vancouver Opera presents Lehár’s The Merry Widow (Die Lustige Witwe)

Get ready to indulge in the Viennese torte known as Franz Lehár’s comedic operetta The Merry Widow(Die Lustige Witwe). Set in the heart of vibrant fin de siècle Paris, the wealthy widow Hanna Glawari schemes to win the heart of dashingly handsome Count Danilo. A scandalous caper ensues while suitors conspire to obtain the widow’s fortune.

This wonderfully lavish Art Nouveau-inspired production opens Vancouver Opera’s 2018–2019 season, offering opera all year long and concluding with an annual 9-day Vancouver Opera Festival from April 27 – May 5, 2019.

This delightful production is directed by Canadian Kelly Robinson (last at Vancouver Opera as director of the hit production of Evita). The story unfolds on a stage packed with elegant ladies, eligible bachelors, and Maxim’s famous can-can dancers. Italian-Canadian soprano Lucia Cesaroni will be making her role debut as the wealthy widow, Hanna Glawari, who schemes to win the heart of dashingly handsome Count Danilo, interpreted here by tenor John Cudia and seen recently at VO as Cassio in Verdi’s Otello.  Susan Memmott-Allred’s costumes and Michael Yeargan’s sets evoke the Belle Epoque period with winning style.

While The Merry Widow is sung in German, the dialogue will be in English.  English SURTITLES™ will be projected above the stage.

Opening night of The Merry Widow is Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 7:30pm, with subsequent evening performances on Thursday, October 25 & Saturday October 27 both at 7:30pm, and a 2:00pm matinee on Sunday October 28. All performances take place at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (Georgia and Hamilton), Vancouver. Tickets ranging in price from $50 to $175 are available at the Vancouver Opera Ticket Centre, by telephone (604-683-0222), or online at See complete ticket information below. Season subscriptions are still on sale and single tickets are available for the whole season now.

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