MetOpera: The Merry Widow

MetOpera: The Merry Widow

Franz Lehár's The Merry Widow, performed as part of the Metropolitan Opera's 2017-2018 season and captured live in HD on the New York stage.

"Lehár’s best-known composition has been an audience favorite since its 1905 premiere and features a great deal of well-known music, including “Vilja,” “You’ll Find Me At Maxim’s,” and “The Merry Widow Waltz.” Renée Fleming will add a new character to her wide-ranging Met repertory of 22 roles as Hanna, the widowed Parisian millionairess. Andrew Davis will conduct a cast that also includes Nathan Gunn as Hanna’s lover Danilo; Alek Shrader as the young nobleman Camille de Rosillon; Thomas Allen as the scheming Baron Zeta; and Broadway soprano Kelli O’Hara in her Met debut as the Baron’s coquettish wife Valencienne." (Metropolitan Opera)

Live Performance


Rating: Exempt


Telegraph (UK)


The result isn’t inedible, but the flavours don’t mingle and melt as they can when a master chef is in charge.

New York Times


The production came across as tentative, as if Ms. Stroman were struggling to find a balance between respecting the idiom of the work and charging it with fresh theatricality.

Financial Times (USA)


Susan Stroman’s production ramps up the cutesiness to offset the venue’s lack of intimacy.

Observer (USA)


Fleming Makes a Sour ‘Merry Widow’ at the Met.