THE MERRY WIDOW
By, Franz Lehar | STARRING SOPRANO DEBORAH VOIGT
April 11-19 | Detroit Opera House
By Gay Paris’ ~ The Merry Widow tells the story of a wealthy widow, Hanna Glawari, whose wealth, if she decides to remarry, will be transferred to her next husband. Her countrymen aim to keep her money in the country by meddling to find her the right local suitor. And, isn’t that just the way it is? Nobody wants you until you’re suddenly rich. Still, Merry Widow is romantic, with lilting waltzes accompany the characters as they scramble to keep Hanna from falling for a foreign man. What do you think will happen?
American soprano Deborah Voigt will make her Michigan Opera Theatre debut in the role of Hanna Glawari. Voight built her career as a leading dramatic soprano, and is internationally revered for her performances in the operas of Wagner and Strauss. She appears regularly as both performer and host in the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series. This girl’s got international clout!
The cast also includes Roger Honeywell (Count Danilo Danilovitch), Richard Suart (Baron Mirko Zeta), Amanda Squitieri (Valencienne), and Aaron Blake (Camille de Rosillon), Filling out the essemble are the incomparable Adrian Rosas (Vicomte Cascada), David Moan (Raoul St. Brioche), Jason Graae (Njegus), Tim Bruno (Kromov), Darren DeWitt (Pritchitch), Zachary Coates (Bogdanovitch), Clodagh Earls (Olga), Claire DiVizio (Sylviane), and Diane Schoff (Praskovia). Directed by Kelly Robinson, and conducted by Gerald Steichen.
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