|Renée Fleming and Nathan Gunn in Met's Merry Widow (Brigitte Lacombe/Metropolitan Opera)
The Merry Widow has enjoyed unprecedented popularity and was performed an estimated half a million times across the world in its first 60 years. It acted as the bridge that would lead from opera to the rise of 20th century musical theatre. The story of the wealthy widow Hanna Glawari and her pursuit by men trying to keep her wealth in their bankrupt Balkan nation forms a classic romantic comedy, containing some of the most beloved music in opera including the Merry Widow Waltz and the ‘Vilja Song.’
Hanna will be sung by Sarah Tynan, who has performed regularly with ENO, including as Lucia, Rosina and Partenope.
The operetta opens on March 1st and runs through April 13th. Tickets and additional cast information is available online.