Hanna Glavari is a rich widow in need of a husband. Count Danilo is the obvious candidate, particularly as the couple are already in love. However, Danilo refuses to propose to Hanna because of her riches.
It’s no surprise that this story of a wealthy widow’s marriage worries has become the world’s favourite operetta. Franz Lehár’s bright and bubbly work offers genuine old-school glamour, merrymaking with Parisian nobility, catchy melodies, and can-can. What more could you ask for to kick-start the festive season?
Recommended for children over the age of 12.
The Merry Widow, which has been performed a whopping 313 times at the Finnish National Opera, returns to the repertoire after nine years. Sung in Finnish, it’s a fabulous fit for first-time visitors.
The fun and fast-paced performance is the perfect antidote to the darkest months of the year. When the curtain rises, everyone is invited to a splendid and spectacular party.
The people of the fictional principality of Pontevedro want to keep the fortune of Hanna Glavari, a rich young widow, within the country’s borders. Baron Mirko Zeta comes up with an ingenious strategy: the First Secretary of the embassy, Danilo, must marry her. Danilo is found at Maxim’s cabaret, but he refuses to propose to Anna, though he used to be in love with her. He does, however, promise to fob off her Parisian suitors.
The relationship between Camille and Baron Zeta’s wife, Valencienne, faces no obstacles, though. When Baron Zeta is about to discover them alone at a pavilion, Hanna saves the day by taking the place of the Baroness, which makes Danilo jealous. Hanna reveals she will lose her fortune if she remarries, and Danilo finally dares to propose to her – but Hanna still has another surprise in store.
You can read the full synopsis and other background information in the programme booklet.
Are you planning a Christmas party for your company, sports team or group of friends? The Merry Widow is an ideal choice for entertainment. Order snacks and sparkling to enjoy in the interval, and you’ll guarantee an unforgettable evening out.
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Choose your favourite refreshments from this season’s tasty menu. You can easily add refreshments to your shopping basket while selecting tickets in our online store.
The services of the Opera Restaurant are available before performances and during the interval. Order beforehand and avoid the queues.
Please note that we cannot guarantee a specific table for orders made via the online store. We may also seat several parties at the same table. You may be assigned a bar height table for enjoying refreshments standing up.
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As a guest of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet you will enjoy the hospitality of Helsinki Radisson Blu Hotels at a special price.
We offer you 20% off the daily rate. Luxury accommodation includes accommodation for two at your chosen hotel in Helsinki, glasses of sparkling on arrival, relaxing Blu Dreams and a superb Super Breakfast.
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