The Merry Widow Opera Event At Austrian Embassy
October 5, 2010 Leave a comment
The Opera Camerata Washington is celebrating its 20th anniversary – the Merry Widow performed by the Opera Camerata. During the course of its existence, this unique orchestra has successfully specialized on revivals of rare operas and operettas.
Therefore it is not surprising that the Opera Camerata of Washington has become a cultural landmark in Washington DC and the rest of the nation. But this is not the only fascinating facet of this orchestra. With remarkable devotion, the orchestra has supported In-School Programs which attempt to educate young children and students on the importance of classical music and its influence on popular culture. The current In-School program is completely funded by patrons of the Opera Camerata under the leadership of Executive Director Michael Reilly and President of the Board of Directors, Randall Roe.
For these and several other reasons, the Austrian Cultural Forum Washington is proud to present the Opera Camerata Washington, which will perform The Merry Widow, an operetta by the Austro-Hungarian composer Franz Lehár.
Franz Lehár (30 April 1870 – 24 October 1948) was mainly known for his operettas. Besides operettas he also wrote sonatas, symphonic poems, marches, and a number of waltzes, some of which were drawn from his famous operettas. Nevertheless, he is mostly remembered for his masterpiece, The Merry Widow.
The Merry Widow tells the story of a rich widow, who together with her countrymen attempts to find the right husband in order to keep her fortune and principality. The operetta has enjoyed great international success since its 1905 premiere in Vienna and continues to be frequently revived. The most famous music from the score includes the Vilja Song, You’ll Find Me at Maxim’s (Da geh’ ich zu Maxim) and the Merry Widow Waltz.
The Opera Camerata Washington will feature Elisabeth Turchi as the widow, Jesús Hernández as Camille, José Sacín as Danilo, Jennifer Matthews as Valencienne and will be conducted by Stephen Czarkowski.
When: Friday October 8 @ 7:00 pm
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