Four weeks after the closure of Fall’s Operette, Die lustige Witwe . years later the libretto for London’s Primrose pinched precisely Léon and. The Merry Widow, German Die lustige Witwe, comic operetta in three acts by Hungarian composer Franz Lehár (libretto in German by Viktor Léon and Leo Stein. 2. Mai Die lustige Witwe: Operette in drei Akten (teilweise nach einer fremden Grundidee) / von Victor Léon und Leo Stein ; Musik von Franz Lehár.

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Njegus produces the fan, which he picked up earlier, and Baron Zeta finally remembers that it belongs to Valencienne. Ferdinando FontanaItalian text. In fact, Hanna and Danilo had once been sweethearts, but his family had rejected her because she was then poor. The librettists and theatre producer libreto had the opera set by Austrian composer Richard Heuberger, whose operetta Der Opernball was quite popular at the time.

Javascript is required for this feature. Keep Exploring Britannica Frank Sinatra. Both stars were so enthusiastic about the piece that they supplemented the theatre’s low-budget production by paying for their own lavish costumes.

It was eventually produced in every city with a theatre industry. In the s, the Light Opera of Manhattana year-round professional light opera repertory company in New York City, commissioned Alice Hammerstein Mathias, the daughter of Oscar Hammerstein IIto create a new English adaptation, which was revived many times until the company closed at the end of the s. As the “Ladies’ Choice” dance is about to begin, Hanna becomes swarmed with hopeful suitors. His pride assuaged, he now proposes, only to find — as all ends happily — that the money goes to the new husband.

In the Hassall version, the action of act 3 takes place at Maxim’s. David McKay Companyp.


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Hanna realises that Danilo’s anger over her engagement to another man proves that he loves her, and she rejoices amid the general despair. Nonchalantly he proceeds to waltz by himself, eventually wearing down Hanna’s resistance, and she falls into his arms.

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Though they still love each other, Danilo now refuses to court Hanna for her fortune, and Hanna vows that she will not marry him until he says “I love you” — something he claims he will never do.

Inevitably, Die lustige Witwe made its way on to film.

DIE LUSTIGE WITWE Operette in 3 acts | Operetta Research Center

lustlge Hanna, however, chooses the one man who is not apparently interested in dancing with her: He swears to divorce his wife and marry the widow himself, but Hanna stops him by declaring that she will lose her fortune if she remarries. In The Merry Widow he wtiwe the characters Hanna and Danilo a spirited kolo a dance form in the second act, and he uses rustic and librretto elements throughout the work. Zeta finds the brokenhearted Danilo, and as they argue, Hanna enters.

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True to his bargain with the Baron, Danilo circulates the ballroom, rounding up ladies vie claim dances and thin the crowd around the wealthy widow.

He composed a draft of the score, but it was unsatisfactory, and he gladly left the project. History of a Hit”.


In the meanwhile, the foreign productions had begun. Interested in participating in the Publishing Partner Program? Views Read Edit View history. Please obey the copyright laws of your country. It emerges they were in love before her marriage, but his uncle had interrupted their romance because Hanna had had nothing to her name.

Hanna Glawari, who has inherited twenty million francs from her late husband, is to be a guest at the ball — and the Pontevedrin ambassador, Baron Zeta, is scheming to ensure that wigwe will keep her fortune in the country, saving Pontevedro from bankruptcy. The young Pontevedrian widow, Hanna Glawari, has it in her power to bankrupt the nation. The operetta has enjoyed extraordinary international success since its premiere in Vienna and continues to be frequently revived and recorded.

Danilo refuses, but offers to eliminate any non-Pontevedrin suitors as a compromise. Wikimedia Commons has media related to The Merry Widow. Valencienne assures Baron Zeta of her fidelity by pointing out her reply to Camille’s declaration of love written on the fan: According to theatre writer John Kenrickno other play or musical up to the s had enjoyed such listige commercial success. In New York, where revivals had passed inandmusical film-stars Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura played the piece in before going on to repeat their performances around the world.

Baron Zeta and Danilo follow, but Njegus quickly arranges with Hanna to change places with Valencienne. Danilo arrives and meets Hanna. It remained there for performances. There were other alterations, too.

Film and other adaptations have also been made. When Hanna and Camille emerge from the summerhouse, they pretend to be engaged.