Met Opera Summer Encore: The Merry Widow
Stage on Screen is The Roxy’s ongoing series of the world’s greatest contemporary theatrical performances, from the Metropolitan Opera to London’s National Theatre to the Bolshoi Ballet and beyond, projected on the big screen.
The great Renée Fleming stars as the heiress who captivates all of Paris in Lehár’s enchanting operetta, recorded live from the Metropolitan Opera in 2015. Baritone Nathan Gunn co-stars as Danilo, and Broadway legend Kelli O’Hara is Valencienne, in a dazzling production directed and choreographed by Tony Award–winner Susan Stroman. Andrew Davis conducts.
Renée Fleming lights up the Met stage as Hanna Glawari, the fabulously wealthy widow of the title in Lehár’s beloved operetta, set in Paris and seen in a glittering production directed and choreographed by Broadway’s Susan Stroman. Nathan Gunn is Danilo, Hanna’s former flame, who is supposed to woo and marry her in order to keep her fortune in their home country of Pontevedro. Kelli O’Hara sings Valencienne, the flirtatious young wife of the Pontevedrian ambassador in Paris, Baron Zeta, played by Thomas Allen, and Alek Shrader is her suitor, Camille. Andrew Davis conducts the waltz-rich score, and the new English translation is by Jeremy Sams.
Cast: Renee Fleming, Nathan Gunn, Kelli O'Hara
Director: Susan Stroman
Duration: 148 min
Music: Franz Lehar