The Bucksbaum Family Lyric Opera Broadcasts continue on KUAT-FM this Saturday, May 29, at noon with a performance of The Merry Widow by Franz Lehár with libretto by Victor Léon and Leo Stein. The performance will be sung in English and will last approximately three hours.
Lehár’s music for The Merry Widow saturates the listener with fin de siècle elegance. While the story takes place in Paris, the music is pure Viennese, evoking that magical time before World War I, when the intellectuals and the bourgeoisie filled the cafés while the rich and influential danced at lavish balls. The Merry Widow is the last great soirée of that golden age, a celebration of Viennese sweetness and froth. Lehár infused his score with both, creating a number of unforgettable tunes: “Vilja,” the “Women, Women” septet and, of course, “The Merry Widow Waltz,” among the most famous waltzes ever written.