The Merry Widow
Renée Fleming lights up the Met stage as Hanna Glawari,
the fabulously wealthy widow of the title in Lehár’s
beloved operetta, set in Paris and seen in a glittering
production directed and choreographed by Broadway’s Susan
Stroman. Nathan Gunn is Danilo, Hanna’s former flame,
who is supposed to woo and marry her in order to keep her
fortune in their home country of Pontevedro. Kelli O’Hara
sings Valencienne, the flirtatious young wife of the
Pontevedrian ambassador in Paris, Baron Zeta, played by
Thomas Allen, and Alek Shrader is her suitor, Camille.
Andrew Davis conducts the waltz-rich score, and the new
English translation is by Jeremy Sams.