Lehar's The Merry Widow

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Renée Fleming as Hanna and Nathan Gunn as Danilo in Lehár's 'The Merry Widow.' Renée Fleming as Hanna and Nathan Gunn as Danilo in Lehár's 'The Merry Widow.' (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

Join us today at 1 pm to hear the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Lehar’s The Merry Widow. The 1905 operetta revolves around the recently widowed Hanna and the noblemen trying to keep her inherited fortune in country by means of a local husband. Broadway director Susan Stroman produces work, with an English libretto by Jeremy Sams and with Andrew Davis on the podium.

Having premiered on New Year’s Eve it features: Renée Fleming as the recently widowed, Hanna; baritone Nathan Gunn playing her love interest, Danilo; in her debut season Broadway singer Kelli O’Hara plays alongside Thomas Allen, as the dignitaries trying to orchestrate the new marriage, while trying to save their own; and Alek Shrader, as the flirtatious Count Camille.


Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis
Hanna Glawari: Renée Fleming
Valencienne: Kelli O'Hara
Danilo: Nathan Gunn
Camille de Rosillon: Alek Shrader
Baron Mirko Zeta: Thomas Allen

Comments [9]

@ Mick from Garrison, I look forward to your "live" perspective. The "acting" part of operetta is often the part that lags behind the rest of the performance. DD~~

Jan. 20 2015 01:50 AM

I did not listen to the entire broadcast, but I found the beginning of Act II to be a bit lugubrious. DD~~

Jan. 18 2015 05:37 PM
Mick from Garrison

The Saturday broadast was very enjoyable except for one aspect: the spoken dialogue. The house is too large, I felt the amplfication (dialgue only) only served to magnify the archness of the spoken lines from most of in the cast. Maybe the spoken dialogue came off better in the house.

I can't wait for Tuesday night when I will be well-esconced in my balcomy seat, front and center! I may change my mind altogether.

from a fan of the Met and of the live broadcasts for slightly over 50 years...

Jan. 18 2015 01:04 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha,lNJ from Richard Wagner Music drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

Despite all the comments previously made by other bloggers, let me say as an ardent, long-careered professional singer who has sung lead tenor roles in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, Viennese operetta, Wagner roles and dramatic tenor roles in French, Russian and Italian operas, as lead soloist with the General Platoff Don Cossacks, folk music, jazz, Broadway and night clubs, it was from an aural radio broadcast, to me, a most enjoyable treat !!! NATHAN GUNN is sensational as to his vocal timbre, voice size and charismatic personality. Kudos to all concerned !!! www.WagnerOpera.com

Jan. 17 2015 05:03 PM
Vespasian from Suffolk

I guess kitsch is OK but I really love mischief, murder and mayhem.
Enjoying the music on this cold winter day.

Jan. 17 2015 02:00 PM

I saw it New Year's Eve, it's tacky, Fleming was in poor voice too. Tacky wigs, costumes and sets, except for the last scene which is visually good.

There was nothing wrong with the old production of Merry Widow, which was superior in every aspect. Gelb spends money on failures in the hope of attracting the audience, but he doesn't know what the audience likes, that's his flaw and that's why the MET is in the red. Volpe was the same way, clueless.

Jan. 17 2015 01:46 PM

It is the FAILURE to IMITATE the brilliance of The Merry Widow that makes kitsch.

Jan. 17 2015 01:34 PM
Jon J from Philadephia

Kitsch, yes, but such beautiful kitsch! The arts bring forth many responses in us, depending on our individual natures, and I really go for this Viennese stuff, along with everything else classical.

Apparently this production has been criticized by some for the director's Broadway bent. But hey, it's not the Ring (productions of which are always attacked by some, of course) -- it's operetta. Congrats to the Met for doffing its white tie and tails and getting a bit relaxed!

Jan. 17 2015 01:16 PM
Vespasian from Suffolk

What an overload of kitsch.

Jan. 17 2015 12:56 PM

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