Lehar: Die Lustige Witwe [The Merry Widow] (complete opera recorded in January 2015)

 
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FRANZ LEHAR
Lehar: Die Lustige Witwe [The Merry Widow] (complete opera recorded in January 2015)
Metropolitan Opera / Renee Fleming, Nathan Gunn, Kelli O'Hara, Thomas Allen / Sir Andrew Davis (cond)

[ Decca DVD / DVD ]

Release Date: Thursday 10 December 2015

Director and choreographer Susan Stroman

The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in Lehár's enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!, Contact).

Stroman and her design team of Julian Crouch (Satyagraha, The Enchanted Island) and costume designer William Ivey Long (Cinderella, Grey Gardens, Hairspray) have created an art-nouveau setting that climaxes with singing and dancing grisettes at the legendary Maxim's. Nathan Gunn co-stars as Danilo and Kelli O'Hara is Valencienne.

The scintillating score is given a "glowing, subtle performance" (New York Times) under Sir Andrew Davis.

Bonus Feature: Backstage at the MET with members of the Cast

English, French and German subtitles

"Davis keeps Lehar's effervescent score bubbling along and this would be the perfect, light-hearted operatic fare to see in the New Year...There's a great sense of fun running through the entire cast. Fleming's Hanna Glawari is glamorously over the top, as is Nathan Gunn's Danilo, revelling in his wild life of drinking, gambling and grisettes at Chez Maxim's." Gramophone

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