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This is Opera North’s first production in 20 years of Lehar’s masterpiece. Catch up on The Merry Widow in this interview with Director, Giles Havergal:
Can you tell me a little about the look and feel of the production?
The production will be ‘in period’ with the original early twentieth century setting but it’s going to have an edginess about it. As well as the wonderful music, dancing and general good fun, the emphasis will be firmly on the love story between Hanna and Danilo. These are two people with negative past experiences and we’ll see them trying to work through their emotional baggage and discover how to love and trust again.
How would you describe the opera musically?
I’d say that it’s surging and voluptuous with a great many fantastic numbers. Of course, there will be lots of dancing in the show and the music complements this perfectly as well.
Why should people come and see The Merry Widow?
It manages to combine wonderful music with an engaging story – something that can’t be said of all such operas. Also, it’s a very human story – one we can all relate to – and hopefully audiences will enjoy following the progress of the central relationship.
What are you most looking forward to about the production?
Well, the barbed love story between the central characters will provide many opportunities for humour. Hanna and Danilo start out as sparring partners in the style of Shakespearean comedy heroes and heroines such as Beatrice and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing. The scenes in which they tease each other in this way should be a lot of fun. As well as the comedy, this piece provides a lot of scope for great acting as well as singing which is exciting for me as a director.
You’ve directed light/comic operas on several previous occasions – what is it that attracts you to them in particular?
Yes I’ve directed The Barber of Seville and L’elisir d’amore before this and, quite simply, I enjoy making operas with beautiful music comprehensible and amusing to an audience. Also, the last time I worked with Opera North it was on Bluebeard’s Castle, which is far from being light or comic, so it’s nice to be returning to do something very different.