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MERRY WIDOW WALTZ

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Uploaded on Dec 23, 2009

Although Lehar wrote numerous operettas, nothing ever again in his career approached the level of his first work, The Merry Widow (Die Lustige Witwe). Comic Opera Guild produced this popular show three times, combining a new book with the original Adrian Ross English lyrics. The 1984 performance stood out for the quality of its cast. Because affordable video technology was still primitive at this time, the shows images had a hazy quality. If, in watching, the viewer imagines seeing the show in a dream sequence, the performances will stand out amid the gossamer.

The Widow, who has been baiting Danilo throughout the show by claiming to be ready to marry some Parisian, finally gets him to swallow his pride and admit his jealousy. He gives into her charms in one of the greatest waltzes of all time, The Merry Widow Waltz. For more comic operas and operettas, visit comicoperaguild.org.

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