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The Merry Widow (German: Die lustige Witwe) is an operetta by the Austro-Hungarian composer Franz Lehár. The librettists, Viktor Léon and Leo Stein, based the story – concerning a rich widow, and her countrymen's attempt to keep her money in the principality by finding her the right husband – on an 1861 comedy play, L'attaché d'ambassade (The Embassy Attaché) by Henri Meilhac.
To save the billions belonging to the young and attractive widow Hanna Glawari for his country Pontevedro, Baron Zeta initiates a very special matchmaking: he commands the charming womanizer Count Danilo Danilowitsch to carry out his patriotic duty in marrying the widow. What the baron cannot hav...
Die lustige Witwe by Franz Lehár, from Semperoper, Dresden, 2007. Directed by Don Kent, conductor Manfred Honeck. Starring Gunther Emmerlich, Lydia Teuscher, Bo Skovhus, Petra-Maria Schnitzer. Performed in German.