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The operetta has enjoyed extraordinary international success since its premiere in Vienna and continues to be frequently Women - Stradivari Strings - Franz Lehars The Merry Widow and recorded.
Film and other adaptations have also been made. In earlyViennese librettist Leo Stein came across the play and thought it would make a good operetta. The two adapted the play as a libretto and updated the setting to contemporary Paris, expanding the plot to reference an earlier relationship between the widow this time a countrywoman and the Count, and Women the native land from a dour German province to a colourful little Balkan state.
In addition, the widow admits to an affair to protect the Baron's wife, and the Count's haven is changed to the Parisian restaurant and nightclub Maxim's. They asked Richard Heuberger to compose the music, as he had a previous hit at the Theater an der Wien with a Parisian-themed piece, Der Opernball He composed a draft of the score, but it was unsatisfactory, and he gladly left the project.
The score of Die Lustige Witwe was finished in a matter of months. If You And I Could Be As Two - Them - The Angry Young Them! stars were so enthusiastic about the piece that they supplemented the theatre's low-budget production by paying for their own lavish costumes.
It was a major success after a couple of shaky weeks at the box-officereceiving good reviews and running for performances. The embassy in Paris Women the poverty-stricken Balkan principality of Pontevedro is holding a ball to celebrate the birthday of the sovereign, the Grand Duke. Hanna Glawari, who has inherited twenty million francs from her late husband, is to be a guest at the ball — and the Pontevedrin ambassador, Baron Zeta, is scheming to ensure that she will keep her fortune Women the country, saving Pontevedro from bankruptcy.
The Baron intends that Count Danilo Danilovitsch, the first secretary of the embassy, should marry the widow; unfortunately for this plan, Danilo is not at the party, so Zeta sends Danilo's assistant Njegus to fetch him from Maxim's. Danilo arrives and meets Hanna.
It emerges they were in love before her marriage, but his uncle had interrupted their romance because Hanna had had nothing to her name. Though they still love each Women, Danilo now refuses to court Hanna for her fortune, and Hanna vows that she will not marry him until he says "I love you" — something he claims he will never do.
Valencienne puts off Camille's advances, saying that she is a respectable wife. However, they lose the incriminating fan, which is found by embassy counsellor Kromow. Kromow jealously fears that the fan belongs to his own wife, Olga, and gives it to Baron Zeta. Not recognising it, Baron Women decides to return the fan discreetly, in spite of Valencienne's desperate offers to take it "to Olga" herself. On his way to find Olga, the Baron meets Danilo, and his diplomatic mission takes precedence over the fan.
The Baron orders Danilo to marry Hanna. Danilo refuses, but offers to eliminate any non-Pontevedrin suitors as a compromise. As the "Ladies' Choice" dance is about to begin, Hanna becomes swarmed with hopeful suitors. Valencienne volunteers Camille to dance with Hanna, privately hoping that the Frenchman will marry her and cease to be a temptation for Valencienne herself.
True to his bargain with the Baron, Danilo circulates the ballroom, rounding up ladies to claim dances and thin the crowd around the wealthy widow. Hanna, however, chooses the one man who is not apparently interested in dancing with her: Danilo, who immediately announces that he will sell his dance with Hanna Glawari for ten thousand francs, with the proceeds to benefit charity.
This extinguishes the remaining suitors' interest in the dance. After they have left, Danilo attempts to dance with Hanna, who refuses in annoyance. Nonchalantly he proceeds to waltz by himself, eventually wearing down Hanna's resistance, and she falls into his arms. The next evening, everyone is dressed in Pontevedrin clothing for a garden party at Hanna's house, now celebrating the Grand Duke's birthday in his own country's fashion.
Still not recognising the fan as Valencienne's, the Baron orders Danilo to discover the identity of its owner, whom he correctly assumes to be Camille's married lover. The two men, along with Njegus, arrange to meet that evening in Hanna's garden pavilion to Gotta Getcha - Whigfield - Whigfield 4 Danilo's findings, as well as the problem of securing the widow's fortune for Pontevedro.
Seeing the fan, Hanna takes the message Extraño (Version 96) - Los Rodriguez - Hasta Luego it to be Danilo's Women - Stradivari Strings - Franz Lehars The Merry Widow of love for her, which he denies.
His inquiries regarding the fan prove fruitless, but do reveal infidelities committed by some of the wives of embassy personnel.
That evening, Camille and Valencienne meet in the garden, where Women insists that they must part. Women the fan, accidentally left behind by Danilo, Camille begs Valencienne to Women him have it as a keepsake.
Valencienne agrees, writing "I'm a respectable wife" on it as a rejoinder to Camille's "I love you. This is of course the same pavilion where Danilo, the Baron, and Njegus have agreed to meet, and the latter, arriving first, locks the door when he spots people inside.
Baron Zeta and Danilo follow, but Njegus quickly arranges with Hanna to change places with Valencienne. Camille emerges from the pavilion with Hanna, who announces that they plan to marry, leaving the Baron distraught at the thought of Pontevedro losing Hanna's millions and Women distraught at losing Camille. Hanna realises that Danilo's anger over her engagement to another man proves that he loves her, and she rejoices amid the general despair.
Act 3 is set at a theme party in Hanna's ballroom, which she has decorated to look like Maxim's, complete with Maxim's grisettes can-can dancers. Valencienne, who has dressed herself as a grisette, entertains the guests " Ja, wir sind es, die Grisetten ". When Danilo arrives, having found the real Maxim's empty, he tells Hanna to give up Camille for the sake of Pontevedro.
Much to Danilo's delight, Hanna replies truthfully that she was never engaged to Camille but was protecting the reputation of a married woman. Danilo comes very close to declaring his love for Hanna, but stops himself from doing so when he remembers her money and his proud refusal to court her for it. Njegus produces the fan, which he picked up earlier, and Baron Zeta finally remembers that it belongs to Valencienne. He swears to divorce his wife and marry the widow himself, but Hanna stops him by declaring that she will lose her fortune if she remarries.
At this, Danilo promptly confesses his love for her and asks Hanna to marry him. Hanna triumphantly accepts, adding that she will lose her fortune only because it will become the property of her new husband. All ends happily.
The piece became an international sensation, and translations were quickly made into various languages: inBuenos Aires theatres were playing at least five productions, each in a different language. Productions also swiftly followed in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Milan, Moscow and Madrid, among other places.
It was eventually produced in every city with a theatre industry. According to theatre writer John Kenrickno other play or musical up to the s had enjoyed such international commercial success.
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The adaptation renamed many of Mambo De Cuco - Poncho Sanchez - Conga Blue (SACD, Album) characters, to avoid offense to Montenegrowhere the royal family's surname was Njegus, the crown prince was named Danilo, and Zeta was the principal founding Women - Stradivari Strings - Franz Lehars The Merry Widow . Graves ad-libbed extensive "business" in the role of the Baron.
It was produced by Henry Wilson Savage. Since then, it has been staged frequently in English. It was revived in London's West End inrunning for performances, and in and A revival ran for performances. Most of these productions featured Graves as Popoff. And the radio plays - Various - La Babele degli stili Webb and John Rhys Evans starred in a brief revival.
It ran for performances at the Majestic Theatre and returned the next season at the New York City Center for another 32 performances. Glocken Verlag Ltd, London, published two different English translation editions in The Park version is a whole-tone lower than the original. Danilo and Hanna's hummed waltz theme becomes a chorus number, and the ending of the "Rosebud Romance" is sung mostly in unison rather than as a conversation. In the Hassall version, the action of act 3 takes place at Maxim's.
Valencienne and the other Embassy wives arrive to seek out Danilo and Women him to return to Hanna, closely followed by their husbands, seeking to achieve the same purpose. The Grisettes, Parisian cabaret girls, make a grand entrance, led by the voluptuous ZoZo. Zeta finds the brokenhearted Danilo, and as they argue, Hanna enters.
Hanna, Danilo and Zeta separately bribe the Maitre'd to clear the room so Hanna and Danilo can Women alone. Danilo sets aside his pride and asks Hanna to give up Monika Veronika - Various - Neue Schweizer Tanzmusik for the sake of the country. Much to Danilo's delight, Hanna tells him that she was never engaged to Camille, but that she was protecting the reputation of a married woman.
Danilo is ready to declare his love for Hanna, and is on the point of doing Women when he remembers her money, and stops himself. When Njegus produces the fan, which Women had picked up earlier, Baron Zeta suddenly realizes that the fan belongs to Valencienne.
Baron Zeta swears to divorce his How High The Moon - Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra - Lionel Hampton Apollo Hall Concert 1954 and marry the widow himself, but Hanna tells him that she loses her fortune if she remarries.
Hearing this, Danilo Women his love for her and asks Hanna to marry him, and Hanna triumphantly points out that she will lose her fortune only because it will become the property of her husband. Women - Stradivari Strings - Franz Lehars The Merry Widow produces the fan and assures Baron Zeta of her fidelity by reading out what she had replied to Camille's declaration: "I'm a highly respectable wife".
In the s, the Light Opera of Women - Stradivari Strings - Franz Lehars The Merry Widow a year-round professional light opera repertory company in New York City, commissioned Alice Hammerstein Mathias, the daughter of Oscar Hammerstein IIto create a new English adaptation, which was revived many times until the company closed at the end of the s.
A prologue was added featuring a narrative by Jon English and a ballet introducing the earlier romance of Anna and Danilo. Numerous opera companies have mounted the operetta.
Although Parisians were worried about how their city would be portrayed in the operetta, the Paris production was well received and ran for performances. In this translation, Hanna is an Women - Stradivari Strings - Franz Lehars The Merry Widow raised in "Marsovie" named "Missia". Danilo was a prince with gambling debts. The third act was set in Maxim's. The following year, the operetta played in Brussels.
The Volksopera released a complete live performance on CD, interpolating the "Can-Can" from Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworldwhich was copied in many other productions worldwide. The operetta has Women recorded both live and in the studio many times, and several video recordings have been made. It was sung in German, with abridged spoken dialogue.
Various films have been made that are based loosely on the plot of the operetta . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see The Merry Widow disambiguation. Main article: Pas Bien - Feet Peals - Adieu Tristesse Merry Widow discography. Main article: The Merry Widow disambiguation. See: O'Connor, Patrick.
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