GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET "The Merry Widow." Photo credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
"The Merry Widow"
Friday, June 19 at 9 PM ET/PT on PBS
(Check local listings)
Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman, whose many credits include the Tony Award-winning musicals Crazy for You, Contact, and The Producers, makes her Met debut with a lavish new staging of Lehár's effervescent operetta "The Merry Widow." Star soprano Renée Fleming adds a beguiling new character to her wide-ranging Met repertory as Hanna, the widowed Pontevedrian millionairess.
Sir Andrew Davis conducts the stellar cast that also includes baritone Nathan Gunn as Hanna's lover Danilo; tenor Alek Shrader as the young nobleman Camille de Rosillon; and baritone Sir Thomas Allen as the scheming Baron Zeta. Tony Award winner Kelli O'Hara, best known for her acclaimed performances in South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza, and currently starring in The King and I, makes her highly-anticipated Met debut as the Baron's coquettish wife Valencienne.