Making merry in Lehar’s classic

Amy Freston in Opera North's The Merry Widow
Amy Freston in Opera North's The Merry Widow

THE Merry Widow is a timeless classic, a sparkling operetta set in turn-of-the-century Vienna and is to be performed by Opera North as part of the company’s latest visit to Nottingham’s Theatre Royal.

First performed in 1905, Franz Lehar’s masterwork is infused with Parisian sensuality and Viennese sophistication.

The wealthy young widow Hanna Glawari is looking for a husband who will love her rather than her fortune. The dashing Count Danilo seems the perfect match, but only she knows that he once broke her heart. In this engaging, very human story of two people discovering how to love and trust again, can Hanna forgive and forget, or will a new admirer win her love?

The Merry Widow, to be sung in English, is full of sumptuous period costumes, plus voluptuous, colourful and passionate music, from seductive waltzes to the Parisian can-can, dazzling dancing and a glittering cast.

It can be seen at the Theatre Royal on February 23 and 25, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £15-£55. Call the box office for more details on 0115 9895555.