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Die Lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow)
Greek National Opera |

Lehár’s popular Viennese operetta will again be presented at the GNO in May 2013, following its phenomenal success last year. It is among the operettas which have been presented to great acclaim at the world’s leading opera houses. The Viennese waltzes, light prose, sweet, nostalgic melodies and frolicsome story of the beautiful, wealthy widow are the elements that have endeared this operetta to such a wide audience. 

This production bears the signature of Dimitris Lignadis, a director who has presented some of the most interesting performances of recent years in Athens. Lignadis has illuminated the story of the young, beautiful and rich widow Hanna Glawari with a romantic yet buoyant spirit. In early 20th century Paris, in an atmosphere of vibrancy and optimism, the wealthy widow tries to find the right man.
As the director himself notes: “… So I left my Merry Widow to her own melody! And wherever I intervened, I did so in order for her to sing better and her melody to be heard by as many as possible! And all that remains is to thank her for taking me by the hand and walking me  in forgotten lyrical gardens, filled with love-struck statues and delightful flowers”.

Conductor: Georgios Vranos (10, 11, 12, 15, 17, 19/5) – Zoi Tsokanou (22, 24, 25, 26/5)
Director: Dimitris Lignadis

Libretto adaptation and editing: Dimitris Lignadis
Sets, costumes: Eva Nathena
Choreography revival: Fotis Diamantopoulos 
Lighting: Nikos Ergazakis
Chorus master: Agathangelos Georgakatos

Baron Mirko Zeta:
Tassos Apostolou (10, 12, 17, 22, 25/5)
Vangelis Maniatis (11, 15, 19, 24, 26/5)
Valencienne:Vassiliki Karayanni (10, 15, 17, 22, 25/5)
Georgia Eliopoulos (11, 19, 26/5)
Katia Paschou (12, 24/5) Count Danilo Danilovitsch: Dionyssis  Sourbis (10, 12, 17, 22, 25/5)
Dimitris Paksoglou (11, 15, 19, 24, 26/5)
Hanna Glawari:
Elena Kelessidi (10, 12, 17, 22, 25/5)
Maria Mitsopoulou (11, 15, 19, 24, 26/5)
Camille, Count de Rosillon:Yannis Christopoulos (10, 15, 17, 22, 25/5)
Antonis Koroneos (11, 19, 26/5)
Nikos Stefanou (12, 24/5)Vicomte Cascada:Haris Andrianos (10, 15, 17, 22, 25/5)
Zafiris Koutelieris (11, 12, 19, 24, 26/5)
Raoul de St Brioche:Filippos Dellatolas (10, 15, 17, 22, 25/5)
Zacharias Tsoumos (11, 12, 19, 24, 26/5)
Bogdanovitch:Dimitris Kassioumis (10, 15, 17, 22, 25/5)
Kostas Dotsikas (11, 12, 19, 24, 26/5)Sylviane:
Georgia Argyropoulou (10, 15, 17, 22, 25/5)
Eva Michelidaki (11, 12, 19, 24, 26/5)
Kromow:Costis Rasidakis (10, 11, 25, 26/5)
Petros Salatas (12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24/5)
Olga:Victoria Dina-Maifatova (10, 15, 17, 19, 22/5)
Sophia Kapetanakou (11, 12, 24, 25, 26/5)
Pritschitsch:Michalis Katsoulis (10, 15, 17, 22, 25/5)
Pavlos Samsakis (11, 12, 19, 24, 26/5)
Praskowia:Eleni Davou (10, 15, 17, 22, 25/5)
Elena Marangou (11, 12, 19, 24, 26/5)
Njegus:Panagiotis Athanassopoulos
A gypsy violinist:Jannis Georgiadis (10, 11, 25, 26/5)
Michalis Kolokotronis (12, 17, 22/5)
Fragiskos Margaritis (15, 19, 24/5)

With the OrchestraChorus and Ballet of the GNO 

The work is presented in Greek language

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PREMIERE 10 MAY 2013

10, 11, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 25, 26 May 2013

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