Die lustige Witwe / The Merry Widow

Franz Lehár

Operetta in three acts Libretto by Victor Léon and Leo Stein after the comedy »L’attaché d’ambassade« by Henri Meilhac

Premiere 21. December 2007

Performed in German

The principality of Pontevedro is in dire financial straits. Bankruptcy can only be avoided by ambassador Baron Zeta’s cunning plan, whereby the millionairess Pontevedrin widow, Hanna Glawari, marries one of her fellow countrymen. A suitable groom is found in the shape of the fun-loving Count Danilo. But Hanna and the count have a shared history … Past love, injured pride and, last but not least, Hanna’s twenty million seem to prevent them from admitting their feelings to each other. The bankrupt principality seems to be a dead duck – but when lips are silent, perhaps the violins will whisper »I love you ...«. Franz Lehár’s operetta about two lovers who (almost) miss out on true happiness has enjoyed worldwide success since its premiere in 1905. This production at the Semperoper is by the legendary director Jérôme Savary.