The Merry Widow


Regresa al Liceu 37 años después dirigida por Josep Pons

Paris, France. Hanna, a wealthy widow, is being pressured by Baron Zeta to marry Count Danilo for political reasons. Danilo and Hanna once had an affair but now he refuses to marry her so that no one can think he is after her money. She, on the other hand, refuses to marry him unless he tells her he loves her. After a series of vicissitudes, Hanna admits she would lose her fortune if she did remarry, so he declares his love for her and everything ends happily.

Franz Lehár's famous operetta, one of the most widely performed works in opera houses throughout the world, is back at the Liceu after a 37-year absence.

Conductor Josep Pons offers us a selection of excerpts in concert version.

La viuda alegre

Operetta in three acts. Libretto by Victor Léon and Leo Stein. World premiere: 30/12/1905, Theater an der Wien, Vienna. First Liceu performance: 25/02/1913. Last Liceu performance: 24/02/1980. Total Liceu performances: 20.

Artistic profile

Director musical
Josep Pons
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Liceu Opera Barcelona
Director of the Chrorus
Conxita Garcia
Musical Assistants
Véronique Werklé, Vanessa García, Rochsane Taghikhani and Jaume Tribó


Baron Mirko ZetaJosé Luis Casanova
ValencienneVanessa Goikoetxea*
Count Danilo DanilowitschBo Skovhus
Hanna GlawariAngela Denoke
Camille de RosillonBen Bliss**
Viscount CascadaOmar Jara
Raoul de Sant BriocheEmili Rosés
BogdanowitschSung Min Kang
KromowJosep Lluis Moreno
PritschitschMiquel Rosales
Grisetten 1Carmen Jiménez
Grisetten 2Maria Such
Grisetten 3Olatz Gorrotxategi
Grisetten 4Àngels Padró
Grisetten 5Mariel Aguilar
Grisetten 6Olga Szabó

* Vanessa Goikoetxea will perform Valencienne in The Merry Widow replacing Elena Sancho Pereg, who decided not to include this part on her repertoire.
**Winner of the Francisco Viñas Singing Contest 2015.

July 2017

27Thursday20:00Turn BFee 7

Total running time (approx) 1h 20m