The Merry Widow

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“Effortless comedy coupled with almost overwhelming beauty for eyes and ears”

- ★★★★1/2 The Age

The Merry Widow

Opera Australia presents presents

The Merry Widow

A delicious confection: a light-hearted look at love amid the champagne and glitter of Art Deco France.

Sway, smile and swoon your way through Opera Australia’s delicious new production of The Merry Widow.

It’s an opulent party, all glitz and glamour and Parisian charm. It’s an old-fashioned romance, flirty and funny and fabulous. It’s a Viennese waltz and you know all the steps.

From the sumptuous Art Deco era costumes to the stunning, geometric sets, the show is a visual feast.

The vivacious Danielle de Niese plays the bubbly, beautiful Hanna: newly wealthy, newly widowed, and suddenly the hottest catch in town.

The Merry Widow production was commissioned by the Opera Conference, Australia’s national partnership of professional opera companies.

The Music

Listen to ‘Vilja’ from The Merry Widow



Conductor Vanessa Scammell
Director & Choreographer Graeme Murphy
Creative Associate Janet Vernon
Set Designer Michael Scott-Mitchell
Costume Designer Jennifer Irwin
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Sound Designer Michael Waters
Hanna Glawari Danielle de Niese (evenings) / Julie Lea Goodwin (matinees)
Danilo Alexander Lewis
Baron Mirko Zeta David Whitney
Valencienne Stacey Alleaume
Camille de Rosillon John Longmuir
Njegus Benjamin Rasheed
Kromow Richard Anderson
Bogdanowitsch Christopher Hillier
Sylviane Jane Ede
Raoul de St. Brioche Brad Cooper
Vicomte Cascada Luke Gabbedy
Olga Agnes Sarkis
Pritschitsch Tom Hamilton
Praskowia Dominica Matthews

Opera Australia Chorus
Orchestra Victoria


Evenings at 7:30pm
November 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25

Saturday matinées at 1pm
November 18, 25

Sunday matinée at 3pm
November 19

Duration: Approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes (including two 20-minute intervals)


State Theatre


Price range

Single Ticket Pricing

$55 - $189

Concession prices also available

Dining Packages

Make the most of your Opera 2017 experience with a selection of curated dining options now available

Ticket Delivery

A delivery fee may apply depending on your chosen delivery method:
Venue Collection or Regular Mail: FREE
Registered or Express Post: $5.50 per order

Service Charge

A $8.50 Service Charge applies per order to bookings made online or by phone, mail, fax and email.

Optional Express Ticket Delivery

A $5.50 per order charge applies if you wish to have tickets sent by Express or Registered Post.

All prices include GST.

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