The Merry Widow or Die lustige Witwe (German) is a famous operetta by the Austro-Hungarian composer Franz Lehár and this one is presented by the West Australian Opera Company.
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The Merry Widow is basically a story of couples in love and comic misunderstandings that can remind us of the unique and all-pervasive need to love and be loved!
The story is based on a rich widow and her countrymen's efforts to keep her money in the local area by finding her the right husband!
It has been described as a light-hearted look at love amid the champagne and glitter of Art Deco era in France.
The operetta has enjoyed extraordinary international success since its 1905 premiere in Vienna and it continues to be frequently revived, performed and recorded.
There has also been film and other adaptations made over the years, such as this one which starred Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald. It has been translated into over 25 different languages and performed over a quarter of a million times worldwide!