The Merry Widow by F. Lehar
The Merry Widow is story about love, intrigue and reconciliation.
The librettists were Leo Stein and Victor Leon and the composer was Franz Lehar.
It was first performed at the theatre Am Wien in Vienna on the 30th December 1905 where it ran for 438 performances. It still remains an important part of today’s operetta repertoire. It has also been adapted for ballet and film.
ACT 1 The Embassy of Pontevedro Paris.
A young wealthy widow, Hanna Glawari, from Pontevedro, a poor Balkan country, has the power to bankrupt the country if she marries a Frenchman. The envoy Baron Zeta attempts to persuade a fellow country man Count Danilo to marry the widow. Although he is attracted to her the Count refuses to marry her for her money. The widow’s attentions to the Count, does not change his mind. Meanwhile Baron Zeta’s young wife, Valencienne is flirting with a young Frenchman Camille de Rosillon.
Act 11 The widow’s garden the next evening.
At her Parisian home the widow hosts a party with folk dancers and singers. Hanna and Danilo make light of romance, denying their feelings for each other. Valencienne deflects Camille’s attentions writing on her fan, ‘I am a respectable wife.’ However she agrees to meet him in the summerhouse. Zeta spying on them is enraged. Hanna with the assistance of an embassy clerk, takes Valencienne’s place. When Hanna and Camille emerge from the summer house they pretend to be engaged. Danilo is furious and goes off to Maxims.
Act 111 Maxims
Hanna follows Danilo to Maxims.The girls and Valencienne perform the dance from Maxims. Hanna and Danilo confess their mutual love. Meanwhile Zeta finds Valencienne’s fan which proves she was in the summer house, but when he reads what she wrote on the fan he is reassured. With the two couples happily united, Ponteverians and French alike reflect on how difficult it is to understand women.
Musica Novecento Theatre Company
The Compagnia Teatro Musica Novecento was founded in 1995 in Reggio Emilia by a group of established artists in the theatrical, lyric and operettist fields, with important experience gained in the most prestigious Operetta and Prose companies, as well as in important opera organizations.
Encouraged by the strong reception received with its first production, La Vedova Allegra by Franz Lehár, the Novecento Music Theater Company has embarked on a path of research, enhancement and modernization in the context of the Operetta genre.
Cin-Ci-Là, Il Paese dei Campanelli, Al Cavallino Bianco, La Principessa della Czarda, Scugnizza and L'Acqua Cheta, together with the aforementioned Vedova Allegra, are the top titles that have led the Company to perform in the best squares and theaters of Italy in more than twenty years of full activity.
What immediately characterised the Compagnia Teatro Musica Novecento and which was strongly appreciated by the public and critics is a choral vision of the show, in which all the elements have a particular characterization and a specific importance, also by virtue of small skilful adjustments in a more modern key to traditional scripts.
A distinctive element of the Company is live music: Teatro Musica Novecento is in fact one of the very few Operetta companies in Italy that can boast of the presence of the live orchestra in every show, thanks to the close collaboration with the Orchestra. Art Yards.