Matinee broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera continue on Classical 90.5
at 11:00 a.m. this Saturday, January 17, with a performance of The Merry Widow
by Franz Lehár
. The libretto is by Viktor Léon
and Leo Stein
, who based their story on the 1861 comedic play L'attaché d'ambassade
(The Embassy Attaché
) by Henri Meilhac
. The performance will run approximately two hours and fifty-five minutes.
Lehár's enchanting operetta tells the story of a wealthy and beguiling widow who captivates all of Paris. The Met's new production is by Broadway virtuoso director and choerographer Susan Stroman. The incomparable Renée Fleming sings the lead role of Hanna. Sir Andrew Davis conducts.
Hanna Glawari: Renée Fleming
Valencienne: Kelli O'Hara
Danilo: Nathan Gunn
Camille de Rosillon: Alek Shrader
Baron Mirko Zeta: Sir Thomas Allen