Presented by the Charles and Reta Ralph Opera Center
Directed by Tiffany Blake & Conducted by Wes Kenney
March 29 & 30, 7:30 p.m., April 6, 7:30 p.m. & April 7, 2 p.m.
Reception following April 6 performance
The Merry Widow tells the story of a rich widow, Hanna Glawari, and her countrymen’s attempt to keep her money in the principality by finding her the right husband. Count Danilo Danilovitsch, who was once in love with a penniless Hanna before her marriage, vies for her affection, but his efforts ignite a back-and-forth war of the roses. This romantic comedy is filled with twists and turns that will keep the audience on the edge of their seats.
“I chose this piece because it is a great fit for the voices we have in our program,” noted CSU director of opera Tiffany Blake. “It is an ensemble show, so it also gives a lot of students the opportunity to perform. Aside from these more practical reasons, it is an entertaining piece with beautiful music.”
The Merry Widow is a great first-time opera experience. Because it is an operetta, it includes musical numbers bridged by spoken dialogue. Resembles musical theater in structure, it is often a more familiar form to first-time opera goers, but also proves a classic favorite for the seasoned opera aficionado. Read more.
Come join us for a night of elegant ladies, eligible bachelors, can-can dancers, and ever-flowing champagne!