Lovers of Parisian Art Deco glamour and slick comedy are in for a treat when Opera Queensland brings Graeme Murphy’s new star-studded production of Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow to the Lyric Theatre, QPAC for seven special performances from Friday 22 June to Saturday 30 June 2018.
The Merry Widow tells the story of the enduring yet prickly romance between Hanna and her playboy ex-lover Danilo, performed by two of the country’s most popular and charismatic performers David Hobson and Natalie Christie Peluso.
Audience favourites Jason Barry-Smith, Katie Stenzel, Virgilio Marino and Andrew Collis will also join the outstanding cast, supported by the amazing Opera Queensland Chorus and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Vanessa Scammell.
The new production has received rave reviews in Sydney and Melbourne, with the Sydney Morning Herald describing it as a “Shimmery all-singing, all dancing Broadway Show” and The Sunday Telegraph describing how “…the audience lept to its feet, stamping, whistling and hollering in appreciation.”
Praise has also been abundant for esteemed designers Michael Scott-Mitchell and Jennifer Irwin’s glamorous set and costumes, which will transport Queensland audiences into a world of high fashion and glittering parties.
Champagne, silky ballroom gowns and the intrigue of the salons and cabarets of Paris are the order of the day, with romantic trysts taking place in a Monet Garden.
Celebrated Australian director and our premier choreographer Graeme Murphy has also filled the production with amazing dance numbers reminiscent of great musicals of the past, helping the story to waltz along to unforgettable melodies as the stars fall in and out of love.
Twelve dancers will work with a trio of iconic Australian choreographers – Graeme Murphy, Shane Placentino and Janet Vernon AM – for three weeks to perfect their steps in the lead into the Brisbane opening night.
The talented troupe will include QUT graduate Jayden Grogan, who at the age of 20 has already worked with some of Australia’s leading dance companies and is looking forward to this new career highlight.
Audiences wanting an even more spectacular experience can also reserve a place at the exclusive opening night dinner, with twilight drinks overlooking the Brisbane city skyline from the Rooftop at Rydges South Bank, followed by a premium two-course wine and dining experience.
Opera Queensland Artistic Director Patrick Nolan said The Merry Widow was a highlight of the cultural calendar in Brisbane this year.
“If you love musicals or have never seen one, this classic operetta has it all,” Mr Nolan said.
“The costumes and set are ravishing but it’s the famous music and dance numbers performed by some of Australia’s top musical stars that make it such a stand-out.”
Tickets on sale now at operaqueensland.com.
Who: Opera Queensland
What: The Merry Widow
When: Friday 22 June to Saturday 30 June 2018
Ticket details: From $59* to $179*
Buy your ticket online: operaq.com.au/whats-on/the-
Director & Choreographer Graeme Murphy
Creative Associate Janet Vernon
Set Designer Michael Scott-Mitchell
Costume Designer Jennifer Irwin
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Assistant Director & Choreographer Shane Placentino
English Translation Justin Fleming
Danilo Danilovich: David Hobson
Hanna Glavari: Natalie Christie Peluso
Baron Mirko Zeta: Jason Barry-Smith
Valencienne: Katie Stenzel
Njegus: Hugh Parker
Raoul de St. Brioche: Virgilio Marino
Viscount Nicolas Cascada: Shaun Brown
Konrad Pritschich: Andrew Collis
Dominik Bogdanowitsch: Sam Hartley
Sylviane: Jessica Low
Alexis Kromow: Jon Maskell
Olga: Cassandra Seidemann
Praskowia: Clarissa Foulcher
Opera Queensland Chorus
Queensland Symphony Orchestra