Sunday Matinee Series: The Merry Widow | Philharmonia Orchestra

Sunday Matinee Series: The Merry Widow | Philharmonia Orchestra

Sunday, December 2, 2012 - 15:00

It has been said with some justification that the Silver Age of operetta began on 30 December 1905 with the Viennese premiere of Lehar's The Merry Widow. This non-stop riot of orchestral colour, irrepressible joi-de-vivre and inspired sequences of unforgettable waltz tunes suited the mood of the times to perfection, from the champagne-cork popping of Habsburg Vienna, to the insatiable bonhomie of pre-Great War Paris and the Edwardian era's obsession with dance music in London. It swiftly became an international sensation, making the struggling Lehár into a feted celebrity and a multi-millionaire into the bargain! John Wilson, a pre-eminent conductor of musical theatre and operetta, is sure to make this one of the season's highlights.
Sung in English translation with surtitles

The Merry Widow
Franz Lehár (1870-1948)


Royal Festival Hall
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX
United Kingdom
51° 30' 12.24" N, 0° 7' 2.8128" W
Event Information Box
£41, £36, £29, £24, £18, £15, £11, Premium seats £60, Some concessions available Available from 0800 652 6717 Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm.
Venue URI:
Purchase URI:
Javascript is required to view this map.