LEHAR’S

THE MERRY WIDOW

CAPITOL THEATRE

January 16 | 18 | 20 | 22 (7:30 PM)
January 24, 2016 (2 PM)

Opening Night, January 16th, will be red carpet night.

SHE’S BEAUTIFUL! SHE’S RICH! AND SHE’S CAPTIVATED ENTIRE NATIONS TRYING TO GET HER MONEY. Hannah, the Merry Widow is looking for true love, but will she be able to find a suitor that is not only after her wealth? Will the nation of Pontevedro slip into economic collapse if she marries a foreigner? Flirtations and scheming thrive, swept along by Lehár's magical score, featuring the famous "Vilja" song, the "Merry Widow Waltz," and more!

Singing and spoken dialogue in English. 

CAST

Jerry Steichen, Conductor
David Gately, Director
Kyle Lang, Choreographer
Caroline WorraHanna Glawari
Daniel BelcherCount Danilo
Michael Wanko, Baron Zeta
Sharin ApostolouValencienne
Robert McPherson, Camille
Curt Olds, Njegus
Markel Reed, Kromow
Christian Sanders, Bogdanovitch
Jessica Jones, Sylviane
Tyson Miller, Raoul de St. Brioche
Shea Owens, Vicomte Cascada
Sarah Coit, Olga
Kevin Nakatani, Pritschitsch
Anne Stewart Mark, Praskowia
Utah Symphony Orchestra
Utah Opera Chorus

LECTURE SERIES

PRELUDE LECTURES
One hour pre performance, Capitol Room

Prelude lectures by principal coach Carol Anderson offer insights before each Utah Opera production. This introduction includes historical context, musical highlights, and a behind-the-scenes perspective. Preludes are free with your opera ticket and begin one hour before curtain in the Capitol Room.

QUESTION & ANSWER
Post performance, Capitol Room

Do you have questions to ask or comments to share about tonight’s performance and Utah Opera? Please join Christopher McBeth in the Capitol Room after each performance for a Question & Answer session.

SYNOPSIS

ACT I. The desolate island of Ceylon, modern day Sri Lanka, is the scene; the action takes place in the remote past. On the shore the superstitious pearl fishermen sing and dance to banish evil spirits. Zurga, who has recently been chosen as their leader, is overjoyed to encounter his old friend Nadir...

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ONLINE LEARNING

The Merry Widow was premiered at Vienna’s Theater an der Wien on December 30 1905 and has been very successful ever since. The operetta is an adaptation of L’Attaché d’ambassade, an 1861 play by Henri Meilhac that ultimately became quite popular in Vienna under the...

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OPERA COMMENTARY

Let's All Go To Maxim's

Maxim’s is a restaurant in the 8th arrondissement but it is not only that. It is also a symbol of Parisian fin-de-siècle splendor and, according to its own website, a true temple of the Art Nouveau aesthetic...

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Background Of The Merry Widow

The "Grand Duchy of Pontevedro" — doesn't that fictional name sound an awful lot like "Montenegro?" Could any self-respecting French diplomat be called Raoul de St Brioche? And didn't the real Montenegro incorporate a principality called Zeta...

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SPONSORS

Production Sponsor:

Grand America Hotel

Set and Costume Sponsor:

TED SCHMIDT

Conductor Sponsor:

Workers Compensation Fund

Artistic Director Sponsor:

Emma Eccles Jones Foundation

Leading Lady Sponsor:

Joanne Shiebler

Supertitles Sponsor:

ZAP

Opening Performance Sponsors:

S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney Foundation
and
Ray, Quinney, & Nebeker Foundation

Wednesday Performance Sponsor:

Bambara

Friday Performance Sponsor:

Naoma Tate

Floral Season Sponsor:

Every Blooming Thing

Cast Party Sponsor:

J Wong’s

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