MERRY WIDOW, THE
Renée Fleming stars in a new productions of Lehár's sparkling operetta The Merry Widow by Tony Award-winning director Susan Stroman
Tony Award-winning Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman makes her Met debut with a lavish new staging of Lehár's effervescent operetta The Merry Widow. Stroman creates an art-nouveau setting that climaxes with sprightly singing and dancing at the legendary Maxim’s. Star soprano Renée Fleming adds a new character to her wide-ranging Met repertory as Hanna, the widowed Pontevedrian millionairess. Sir Andrew Davis conducts the stellar cast that also includes Broadway star Kelli O'Hara in her highly-anticipated Met debut as the Baron's coquettish wife, Valencienne. The delightful operetta is 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 the Vilja Song, “Then Off to Chez Maxim”, and the “Merry Widow Waltz”.