The Merry Widow

Scottish Opera
  • Opera
  • Classical

A lavish Parisian party is a grand occasion for dancing, drinking and (in)discreet love affairs. But Baron Zeta, the ambassador to the fictional cash-strapped state of Pontevedro, has a slightly more serious matter on his mind. Among his party guests is Hanna Glawari. Hanna is the glamorous Pontevedrian widow who arrived in Paris to enjoy her late husband’s immense fortune. Baron Zeta cannot bear the thought of Pontevedro losing half its national wealth should Hanna marry a Parisian. So, he assigns the charismatic Count Danilo to watch over her heart. But little does he know that they have quite the history...

Director John Savournin (Opera Highlights Spring 2022) brings his joyful touch to Lehár’s waltz-filled charmer. Designer takis brings his dynamic visuals to the romance. A new English translation by John Savournin (book) and David Eaton (lyrics) makes the opera’s wit sparkle, with the cast to be announced later in 2024.

Sung in English with English supertitles.

Pre-show talk - Sat 24 May 6pm

This half-hour session delves into the detail of The Merry Widow, enhancing your enjoyment and extending your knowledge of the piece. Tickets are free but should be reserved in advance as there is limited availability.

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Audio Description- Live (theatre) or recorded (cinema) verbal description for blind and visually impaired audience members. Special receivers are available at the Box Office and can be used on their own or in conjunction with your hearing aid. Please book seats in the middle for the best reception.

Touch Tour - They are behind the scenes tours in order for visually impaired patrons to walk on the set, feel costumes and props, and get an account of where these things appear in the show, and their relevance to the story. Tours are free of charge but are specifically for visually impaired patrons and their companions.