Opera Australia opening its summer season with The Merry Widow

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The Merry Widow
📷 The Merry Widow, Opera Australia

January 5-16, 2021 | Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Starring | Julie Lea Goodwin | Alexander Lewis | David Whitney | Stacey Alleaume

More than nine months since its last performance, Opera Australia is thrilled to be back at the Sydney Opera House, opening on January 5 with Lehár’s uplifting The Merry Widow.

In this magnificently opulent production, all the glitz and glamour of art deco France comes alive thanks to the creative dream team of director/choreographer Graeme Murphy, set designer Michael Scott-Mitchell and costume designer Jennifer Irwin. Their vision combines spirited choreography with lavish costumes and stunning sets, creating a show to be enjoyed by all.

Following their acclaimed performances in West Side Story on Sydney Harbour last year, two of the country’s finest performers, Julie Lea Goodwin and Alexander Lewis will lead an all-Australian cast in this dance-packed show.

The pair will reunite on the Joan Sutherland Theatre stage to play former lovers Hanna Glavari and Danilo Danilovich in this entertaining tale of a newly wealthy widow who is suddenly the hottest catch in town.

Performing alongside the duo will be David Whitney as the comic Baron Mirko Zeta and soaring soprano Stacey Alleaume as Valencienne. Joining them on stage will be an ensemble of celebrated local talent including Jane Ede, Luke Gabbedy, Richard Anderson, Benjamin Rasheed and Angela Hogan.

Conductor Brian Castles-Onion will lead the Opera Australia Orchestra and Opera Australia Chorus in their performance of Lehár’s fantastic music.

With magnificent sets, brilliant choreography and fabulous costumes The Merry Widow is the perfect start to 2021.

Joan Sutherland Theatre,
Sydney Opera House
Evenings at 7.30pm
January 5-9, 12-16
Saturday Matinees at 12.30pm (9 & 16 January)

Opera Australia Box Office
+61 2 9318 8200 | Book Online | opera.org.au

Other Info
Creatives
Conductor Brian Castles-Onion (Evenings), Paul Fitzsimon (Matinees)
Director & Choreographer Graeme Murphy AO
Creative Associate Janet Vernon AM
Revival Director & Choreographer Shane Placentino
English Translation by Justin Fleming
Set Designer Michael Scott-Mitchell
Costume Designer Jennifer Irwin
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Sound Designer Tony David Cray

Cast
Hanna Glavari Julie Lea Goodwin
Danilo Danilovich Alexander Lewis
Baron Mirko Zeta David Whitney
Valencienne Stacey Alleaume
Camille de Rosillon Virgilio Marino
Njegus Benjamin Rasheed
Alexis Kromov Richard Anderson
Dominik Bogdanovich Andrew Moran
Sylviane Jane Ede
Raoul de St. Brioche Bradley Cooper
Viscount Nicolas Cascada Luke Gabbedy
Olga Kromov Angela Hogan
Konrad Pritschich Tom Hamilton
Praskovia Dominica Matthews

Opera Australia Chorus
Opera Australia Orchestra