Sunday 2 Dec 2012, 3pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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John Wilson conductor

Claudia Boyle soprano

Daniel Prohaska tenor

Alan Opie baritone

Sarah Tynan soprano

Nicholas Sharratt tenor

Simon Butteriss baritone

Anthony Gregory tenor

Oliver Dunn baritone

Paul Featherstone tenor

Henry Manning baritone

Rebecca Moon soprano

Carla Maney soprano

Lesley Cox soprano

Theda Lehmann soprano

Victoria Manders-Jones soprano

Lina Saavedra soprano

Philharmonia Voices

Lehár The Merry Widow

It has been said with some justification that the Silver Age of operetta began on 30 December 1905 with the Viennese premiere of Lehár's The Merry Widow. This non-stop riot of orchestral colour, irrepressible joie de vivre and inspired sequences of unforgettable waltz tunes suited the mood of the times to perfection, from the champagne-cork popping of Habsburg Vienna, to the insatiable bonhomie of pre-Great War Paris and the Edwardian era's obsession with dance music in London. It swiftly became an international sensation, making the struggling Lehár into a feted celebrity and a multi-millionaire into the bargain! John Wilson, a pre-eminent conductor of musical theatre and operetta, is sure to make this one of the season's highlights.

Semi-staged performance in English translation with surtitles

Premium prices apply for this concert