Starring: Renee Fleming, Alek Shrader, Kelli OHara, Thomas Allen, Nathan Gunn, Susan Stroman
2hrs 57mins Rated G
Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman, whose many credits include the Tony Award-winning musicals Crazy For You, Contact, and The Producers, makes her Met debut with a lavish new staging of Lehár’s effervescent operetta The Merry Widow, performed in English in a new translation by Jeremy Sams. Lehár’s best-known composition has been an audience favorite since its 1905 premiere and features a great deal of well-known music, including “Vilja,” “You’ll Find Me At Maxim’s,” and “The Merry Widow Waltz.” Renée Fleming will add a new character to her wide-ranging Met repertory of 22 roles as Hanna, the widowed Parisian millionairess. Andrew Davis will conduct a cast that also includes Nathan Gunn as Hanna’s lover Danilo; Alek Shrader as the young nobleman Camille de Rosillon; Thomas Allen as the scheming Baron Zeta; and Broadway soprano Kelli O’Hara in her Met debut as the Baron’s coquettish wife Valencienne.
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