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FRANZ LEHÁR
THE MERRY WIDOW
DIE LUSTIGE WITWE
Sunday, 24 November 2019, Hour 18:30
Main Hall

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Conductor: Gheorghe Victor Dumănescu
Artistic direction: Tiberius Simu
Scenography: Viorica Petrovici
Coregraphy: Felicia Șerbănescu

Hanna Glawari: Ștefania Barz
Count Danilo Danilowitsch, Embassy Secretary: Andrei Manea 
Valencienne, The Ambassador's Wife: Oana Trîmbițaș
Camille de Rosillon: Sorin Lupu
Baronul Mirko Zeta, The Pontevedrin Ambassador in Paris: Cristian Hodrea
Vicomt Cascada: Bogdan Nistor
Raoul de St. Brioche: Florin Pop
Njegus: Iulian Sandu
Bogdanowitsch, Pontevedrin Consul: Varga Janos
Sylviane, his wife: Elena Potopea
Kromow, The Embassy Consul: Zoltan Molnar
Olga, his wife: Henrietta Almasi
Pritschitsch, military attache: George Godja
Praskowia, his wife: Anca Aluaș

The Orchestra and the Men's Chorus of the Romanian National Opera in Cluj-Napoca

Chorus Master: Emil Maxim
Chorus Conductor: Corneliu Felecan
Direction takeover: Mihaela Sandu
Choregraphic adaptation: Marius Toda
Stage and backstage direction: Cristina Albu

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show category: operetta

Operetta in three acts on a libretto by Victor Léon and Leo Stein after the comedy L’attaché d’ambassade by Henri Meilhac

Performance played in Romanian

Recommended age: 12+

The operetta arranged on composer Franz Lehár’s suave notes has managed to trigger an upsurge of laugh and sympathy since its 1905 absolute premiere, when the Austrian composer set the tone of a new approach upon the genre. Through “Die lustige Witwe“, Lehár became instantly a reformer of operetta, reviving the atmosphere of performance halls all over the world and continuing to this day to fascinate generations of music lovers with its brightness and melodicity.

The vivacious and romantic music of “The Merry Widow”, entwined with the sparkling dialogues of the protagonists, depict in a delightful manner the precious high society from the 20th century La Belle Époque. The young and seductive widow Hanna and the charming Count Danilo, the operetta’s heroes, live a sloppy love story, among deeply rooted vanities and ambitious intrigues. Everything mixes in a savoury performance, filled with intense feelings and hilarious twists, against the sound of passionate waltz and French can-can, much to the public’s delight.

The rehearsal has three breaks and ends around 9.30 p.m.

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