The Merry Widow is running until the 28th November and even if you're not a mad ballet follower, this is a nice night at the Opera House, and an enjoyable performance. The show starts at 7:30pm, has two 20 minute intermissions and concludes at 9:45.
There are also matinees available on the 12, 16, 19 and 26 November 2011.
The costumes are fantastic and bright, the dancing exquisite and the music superb. A synopsis is given out as you enter the theatre and this is your explanation for the dancing on the stage.
You can make an evening of it by visiting one of the many restaurants down at Circular Quay or dining in the Opera House's restaurant, Bennelong. Though pricey, it is a beautiful restaurant with wonderful food and impeccable service.
Tickets can be bought in five categories; Premium, A Reserve, B Reserve, C Reserve and D Reserve and range from:
Adults: $180 / $152 / $119 / $96 / $32 Australian Pensioners: $146 / $126 / $97 / $79 / $32 Youth 26 years and under $125 / $75 / $64 / $64 / $32
Children 17 years and under $111 / $68 / $57 / $57 / $32
The Merry Widow is set in the fictional country of Pontevedro, which is nearly bankrupt. A plan is hatched to marry the wealthy widow, Hanna Glawari to her old flame, Count Danilo. This prevents her from marrying a foreigner and taking her riches with her, out of the country.
Things, of course, don't quite go as planned. In picturesque embassies, gardens, ballrooms and restaurants, the characters scheme, drink (a lot, and always throw their glasses away), and fall in and out of love with each other. The chemistry between Hanna and Danilo is beautiful and as they dance, it is mesmerising.
Opulent sets and costumes – enormous chandeliers, sweeping staircases, furs and feathers befitting the Belle Époque – complete the spell.
A classic performance, The Merry Widow is very enjoyable and highly recommended.