1950 - 1951
The Merry Widow
In the score of The Merry Widow Franz Lehar has contributed a work abundant with music which will live forever, and the story is unusually bright and intriguing. It centres around the life of Sonia, a pretty, young widow residing in Paris, and heiress to twenty million francs. Popoff, the Marsovian Ambassador of her native state, has received instructions from his Roayl Master that Sonia must marry once of her own countrymen, so that the inheritance may remain in Marsovia. Popoff, aided by Nisch, the Embassy messenger, has selected Prince Danilo, the Embassy attaché, to be her husband. The Prince however, prefers spending most of his time at Maxim's with Zo-Zo, Lo-lo, Do-Do and their friends.
Natalie, the Ambassador's wife, has been having an affair with Vicomte Camille de Jolidon. At Sonia's garden party the Ambassador is about to discover his wife's infidelity when Sonia rescues Natalie from a difficult situatiion.
How the Baron Popoff in desperation endeavours to win Sonia for himself, how the Prince eliminates his rivals, and how he finally is reconciled in true Musical Comedy manner, provides much merriment and gives the opportunity to introduce the delightful melodies for which Franz Lehar has become famous. Against the background of the mythical kingdom of Marsovia the scenes of this scintillating operetta are set in the gay, enchantingly carefree nightlife of Paris... in the days of the early 20th century.