The Merry Widow is a delicious confection: a light-hearted look at love amid the champagne and glitter of Art Deco France. Ladies sweep into ballrooms in silk fishtail gowns, and dapper gents in suits and patent leather shoes kiss your hand and fill up your dance card.
Two of the country’s most popular and charismatic performers, David Hobson and Natalie Christie Peluso, return as perfectly paired lovers Hanna and Count Danilo, in Graeme Murphy’s spectacular new production of Franz Lehár’s ever popular musical.
Natalie Christie Peluso plays the beguiling widow, an inadvertent heiress of a city’s fortune after just eight days of marriage. Fearing the loss of their riches, the society set are determined that she must wed a local, and soon, before any foreigner catches her gaze. But she’s got a history with the man they’ve got in mind, and to complicate matters, the widow isn't the only one turning heads. There’s plenty of love to go around in this story of amorous encounters and elegant romance.
“★★★★½” The Age
“The Merry Widow is a bull’s-eye.” Sydney Morning Herald
“…a Deco wonderland … superb set and costume design.” Timeout
This brand new production was commissioned by the Opera Conference, Australia’s national partnership of professional opera companies.
Sung in English.
Conductor Vanessa Scammell
Director & Choreographer Graeme Murphy
Creative Associate Janet Vernon
Set Designer Michael Scott-Mitchell
Costume Designer Jennifer Irwin
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Assistant Director & Choreographer Shane Placentino
English Translation Justin Fleming
Danilo Danilovich David Hobson
Hanna Glavari Natalie Christie Peluso
Baron Mirko Zeta Jason Barry-Smith
Valencienne Katie Stenzel
Njegus Hugh Parker
Raoul de St. Brioche Virgilio Marino
Viscount Nicolas Cascada Shaun Brown
Konrad Pritschitsch Andrew Collis
Opera Queensland Chorus
Queensland Symphony Orchestra
This production contains strobe lighting.
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