The Merry Widow

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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.

Ladies sweep into ballrooms in silk fishtail gowns, and dapper gents in suits and patent leather shoes kiss your hand and fill up your dance card.

Melbourne-born international star Danielle de Niese plays the beguiling widow of the title, inadvertent heiress of a city's fortune after just eight days of marriage. Fearing the loss of their riches, the society set are determined she must wed a local, and soon, before any foreigner catches her gaze. But she's got a history with the man they've got in mind, and to complicate matters, the widow isn't the only one turning heads. There's plenty of love to go around in this story of amorous encounters and elegant romance.

Graeme Murphy brings his spirited choreography and direction to Lehár's charming operetta in a brand new production.

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


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 Graeme Macfarlane
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 35 minutes (including one 20-minute interval)


State Theatre


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$55 - $189

Concession prices also available

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