Friday

6 December                7:45 pm

Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall

Saturday

7 December       2:30pm  / 7:45 pm

Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall

$680, $490, $350, $180

Tickets now available on Ubrtix

Language: Performed in English, with English and Chinese Surtitles

Running Time approx.: 2 hrs 45 mins including two 15-min intermission

Sunday

8 December                       2:30 pm

Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall

Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each purchase. Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase.

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis).

10% off for every purchase of 10 - 19 standard tickets; 15% off for 20 or more standard tickets.

 
 

Overview

Viennese operetta, both in its theatrical form and musical structure, was strongly influenced by the French opera bouffe developed by Jacques Offenbach. Its roots can be traced to the German Singspiel and the Italian opera buffa, of which Mozart and Rossini were, respectively, the most famous exponents. As entertainment for the prosperous Viennese public, operetta enjoyed a wide popularity in the second half of the nineteenth century. A number of works by talented composers such as Franz von Suppé and Johann Strauss II reach a very high artistic standard. The latter, with his exceptional gift for high society dance music, especially his splendid waltzes, created a work of lasting appeal, Die Fledermaus, in 1874. It was Franz Lehár, a generation later in 1905, who brought to the world an immortal masterpiece, Die Lustige Witwe, the universally acclaimed The Merry Widow. 

 

The unrivalled success of The Merry Widow is primarily due to Lehár’s creative originality which is unique in the realm of light music. The whole work presents an unrelenting succession of wonderful melodies that are at once mellifluous, refreshing, witty, expressive and full of vitality. These songs, dances ensembles and choruses are not just attractive tunes. These compositions infused with ingenious harmony, counterpoint and orchestration. The music fits the characters and situations perfectly. Its energy and natural flow enhance the development of the story. The librettists Léon and Stein based their text on a French comedy but invented many crafty turns of events and introduced a Balkan background into a carefree Parisian atmosphere which provided Lehár with the opportunity of making brilliant use of ethnic colours and fashionable dance rhythms. Unlike many other operettas, the plot of The Merry Widow is not frivolous nor absurd but progresses logically with subtle and they behave with understandable motivations and emotions. 

Lehár, Franz

The Austro-Hungarian composer and conductor Franz Lehár was the leading composer of operetta in the twentieth century, and responsible for giving the genre renewed vitality.

Son of a military bandmaster and composer of dances and marches,

Lehár studies at the Prague Conservatory (where he received some advice from Dvorák), Lehár began his career as a theatre violinist in the Rhineland, before being called up for military service where he played under his father. In the 1890s he held musical appointments in the military before eventually moving to Vienna in 1902. Where he begin to wrote operetta.

He wrote some 30 operettas, including the successful The Merry Widow (Die lustige Witwe).The Man with Three Wives (1908), The Count of Luxembourg (1909), Gypsy Love (1910), and The Land of Smiles (1923).

 

Cast

Anna Glawari

Caroline Worra

6-7 Dec 7:45 pm

Anna Glawari

Jessica Sandidge

7-8 Dec 2:30 pm

Count Danilo Danilovitsch

Richard Troxell

6-7 Dec 7:45 pm

Count Danilo Danilovitsch

Jonathan Beyer

7-8 Dec 2:30 pm

Valencienne

Megan Pachecano

6 - 7 Dec 7:45 pm

Valencienne

Amelia Watkins

7-8 Dec 2:30 pm

Camille de Rosillon

Piotr Buszewski

6-7 Dec 7:45 pm

Camille de Rosillon

Victor Ryan Robertson

7-8 Dec 2:30 pm

Baron Mirko Zeta

Isaac Droscha

Njegus

Pichead Amornsomboon

Vicomte Cascada

George Mosley

Raoul de St Brioche

Henry Ngan

Kromow

Sammy Chien

Bogdanovitch

Petrus Cheung

Sylviane

Charlene Lee

Olga

Phoebe Tam

Principal Dancer

Liu Yuyao

Principal Dancer

Wei Wei*

Pritschitsch

Frankie Fung

Praskowia

Kenix Tsang

* With kind permission of Hong Kong Ballet.

 

Production Team

Producer / Director

Lo Kingman

Music Director / Conductor

Lio Kuokman

Set Designer

Issac Wong

Costume Designer

Andrew Chung

Lighting Designer

Zoe Cheung

Make-up Designer

Sunny Chan

Execurtive Producer

Leung Siu Kwan Cindy

Répétiteur

Alexander Wong

Assistant Conductor

Ming Kwong

Répétiteur

Natalia Tokar

Choreographer

Hu Song Wei Ricky

Chorus Master

Lesley Chan

Production Manager

Lawrence Lee

Stage Manager

Keiko Chan

Deputy Stage Manager

Isabella Suen

Répétiteur

Anna Ngai

 

Venue

Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall

Low Block, Hong Kong City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong

Public Transportation

By MTR:

Central Station Exit J or K

Hong Kong Station Exit A

By Bus:

2, 3B, 5X, 13, 15, 18, 18P, 18X, 37B, 37X, 43X, 70, 70P, 115, 115P, 260, 590, 619, 619P, 619X, 680X, 690P, 720, 720P, 780, 788, 962P, 962S, 967, 969A

By Ferry:

Central Star Ferry Pier

By Tram:

Bank Street Station

By Taxi:

Hong Kong City Hall

If in doubt, show the following text to the taxi driver:

​司機,請帶我去中環香港大會堂低座。