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Lehar: La Veuve Joyeuse / Korsten/Opera de Lyon, Gens, Ludlow, Gietz [2 DVD]

Album Summary

>Lehár, Franz : The Merry Widow
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The heroine of 'La Veuve Joyeuse' is called Missia Palmieri, but she had started off in 1905 as Hanna Glawari in Vienna, where this operetta is known as Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow); its French premiere followed in 1909. The story of the merry widow and her rekindled romance with dissipated diplomat Count Danilo takes place in Paris - notably chez Maxim's in the final act - and in fact has its roots in a French play, L'attache d'ambassade by Henri Meilhac. With Ludovic Halevy, Meilhac was the librettist of Carmen, a number of Offenbach's operettas and a play called Le Reveillon, which forms the basis of that other supreme Viennese operetta Die Fledermaus. Johann Strauss' waltzes and polkas were clearly an influence on Lehar, but his sumptuous and often touching score also frequently furnishes reminders that he was a contemporary of both Richard Strauss and Giacomo Puccini. This production, mounted in December 2007 at the Opera de Lyon is by the French director Macha Makeleff.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 129 min.
Region: 1
Picture Format: NTSC, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,



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Works Details

>Franz Lehár (1870 - 1948) : The Merry Widow
  • Performers: Véronique Gens (Soprano); Alexandre Guerrero (Tenor); François Le Roux (Baritone); David Lefort (Tenor); Magali Léger (Soprano); Ivan Ludlow (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Gérard Korsten
  • Ensemble: Lyon Opera Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1905