SEASON 14/15


The Merry Widow

Date and Time : 24 - 25 October 2014, 8.00pm
26 October 2014, 3.00pm
Venue : Esplanade Theatre, Singapore
Language : Sung in English with dialogue in English, surtitles in English and Chinese
Enquiry : (65) 6336 1929

Hailed as the "Queen of Operettas", The Merry Widow is the most celebrated and successful operetta of its kind!

Written by Austro-Hungarian Franz Lehár, (the Andrew Lloyd-Webber of his day), is a delightful romantic operetta that has endeared itself to audiences around the world since its early extraordinary successful premiere in Vienna in 1905. Its universal appeal has seen constant revivals, recordings and performances in many languages, even reworked for film and given new narrations.

Why is The Merry Widow so popular? Could it be its romantic comedy plot or its intoxicating melodies and the lavish flirty waltzes layered with a rich orchestral palette?

The Merry Widow has come into inheriting the millions from her late husband. It tells of the comic attempts by her countrymen to marry her off to the ‘right' husband in order to keep her millions in the country. The task of finding the right match becomes a state problem – for should they fail, the country will be plunged into bankruptcy. Will they succeed?

Lehar’s spirit of gaiety and romance, his gift for writing music bring on the comic story of love blossoming amidst bureaucratic wrangling. Music lovers will certainly be in for a great treat when the familiar array of catchy melodies and songs such as Vilja Song, You will Find Me in Maxim’s and the Merry Widow Waltz, are heard. These well-known and beloved songs, played and sung regularly all over the world, make The Merry Widow one of the best loved musical attractions of all time!

The Singapore Lyric Opera will be performing the English translation of The Merry Widow by Christopher Hassall. There will be English and Chinese surtitles.

Come and be enchanted by The Merry Widow!


Hawk Liu
The Mad Scene

The Merry Widow is known for it's infectious music and it certainly got my head running the tunes long after I left the theatre on opening night. The orchestra did a wonderful job, not a wrong footing anywhere! The cast was precious - what a delicious set of voices. All the 5 leading voices were top class. Glawari's timbre reminded me of Jessye Norman. Danilo's handsome voice had a warm presence. Valencienne and Camille matched each other in their bright tones and the Baron has a commanding voice with easy top notes. Read full review

Plink, Plonk, Plunk

...the Singapore Lyric Opera's production of Franz Lehar's The Merry Widow over the weekend couldn't have come at a better time. Staged more as a musical than an opera with spoken dialogue, this well-loved operetta with its tuneful melodies was rife with gender stereotyping, mostly to do with women being enigmatic. Read full review

Crystal Tang and Fitri Handa Yani
Campus Singapore

The Singapore Lyric Opera brought the celebrated operetta back to Esplanade Theatres from 24th to 26th October 2014. Presented in English using Christopher Hassall’s translation, the rendition by British director David Edwards see itself rolling out with an additional surprise element in play – a tinge of local context that sent the audience in good cheer as they resonated with the common language and recent social laments... Read full review

Anirudh Krishnan
The Kent Ridge Common

...the Singapore Lyric Opera (SLO) delighted local audiences once again with its latest production, Franz Léhar’s The Merry Widow. In many ways, the performance was a grand break from the traditional. The performance was sung entirely in English, based on Basil Hood’s English adaptation of the libretto. Moreover, at a time when scores of operas and their productions have come under fire... Read full review