The Merry WidowConcerts & Performances
Enjoy a summer romp for the whole family with a concert version of Franz Lehar’s delightful work The Merry Widow, sung in English by members of Riuniti Opera, directed by Beverly Coulter, with conductor Daniel Andai and the Alhambra Orchestra. See how the Parisian ambassador for the little kingdom of Pontevedro tries to solve a big problem – the country’s major taxpayer, a wealthy widow, has gone to Paris on a visit. She is likely to marry a foreigner, thus removing her cash from the kingdom. A complicated web of intrigue and romance is set to prevent this calamity. Lehar’s operetta, premiered in 1905, continues to be frequently revived and recorded. Its melodies, including the “Merry Widow Waltz,” are perennial favorites.