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The Merry Widow

04 May 2016, Wednesday, 19:00

Operetta in two acts by Franz Lehar

based on the play by Henri Meilhac "The Embassy Attache"
Libretto by Viktor Leon and Leo Stein
Directed by National artist of Hungarian Republic Miklos Szinetar
Edited by — Istvan Kallai
Russian text — Sergey Volskiy
Lyrics — Sergey Volskiy, Vladimir Mass and Mikhail Chervinsky
Musical leader and conductor — honoured artist of Russia Andrey Alekseev
Set design by — national artist of Hungarian Republic Miklos Fehir
Costume designer — Fanni Kamenes (Hungary)
Ballet master — Laszlo Petho (Hungary)
Chorus master — Alexey Nefedov
Conductor — Piter Gut (Austria)

Opening night of the performance took place on 5th of November 2006.

Small republic Monteverdo is in danger. Its gold reserves equal twenty millions belong to young widow Hanna Glawari and if she marries foreigner – Monteverdo will become bankrupt. Around this “disquieting” circumstance happen events of the clever operetta by Lehar “The Merry widow”. So, it’s necessary to guard the widow from foreigner admirers to safe her millions from becoming in new marriage the possession of other state. Mission of rescue of Motherland is given to the ambassador of the republic in Paris – baron Zetta. When man got to know about Hanna’s millions they just go mad – all of them consider themselves as candidates to her hand. And appearance of Hanna inflames their passions even more. And while everybody makes plans, thinking out how to seduce this rich beauty, she meets the man of her life – charming, courageous, ironic and not wishing to marry millions – he wants to marry for love. From operetta “Merry widow” which was first time staged on 20th of December 1902 in “Theatre an der Vin” began the world fame of Franz Lehar. Today it’s not possible to imagine repertoire of musical theatres without it. It is one of the most performable creature of the great composer. In this operetta there beautiful melodies which are often heard even in performances of the world best opera singers. Wonderful Russian composer S.V. Rahmaninov after watching in his time in Paris this operetta was delighted and acknowledged composition as genius.

Characters and Performers:
Hanna Glawari

Katazhina Matskevich

laureate of "Golden sofit" award,

laureate of International competitions

Count Danilo

Andrey Danilov

laureate of International competition

Baron Zeta, ambassador

Valery Matveev

national artist of Russia

Valentina, his wife

Valentina Mikhaylova

laureate of International competition

Camille de Rossilione

Fedor Osipov

Negush

Pavel Grigoryev

Cascada

Yaroslav Shvarev

Sain-Briosh

Ivan Korytov

laureate of "Golden Mask" award

Hromov

Victor Chubarov

Olga, his wife

Olga Lozovaya

honoured actress of Russia

Militza

Marina Ulanova

honoured actress of Russia

Bogdanovich

Alexander Shaporov

Silvia

Tatyana Veremei

Husband of Militza

Vitaly Golovkin

The performance is recommended for viewers aged 12 and above