Dagmar Schellenberger and Rodney Gilfry star in this Zurich Opera House 2004 production of the Lehar operetta conducted by Franz Welser Most. A sensitive love story, originally written by Franz Lehar. Schellenberger takes to the role of the Merry Widow with aplomb, while Gilfry's inspirational turn as Danilo is a sight to behold, sung in German.
An enjoyable romp
- Lehar: Die Lustige Witwe review by DW
It's many years since I've seen a live production of Lehar's operetta so I welcomed the opportunity to have a look at this Zurich Opera offering. The music remains joyful, lightweight but always tuneful and was extremely well sung, as one would expect from Zurich. The staging was well-managed and the sometimes lengthy dialogue passages were kept to a swift pace, and even possibly edited, so they didn't overwhelm the musical content.