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Great Performances

"The Merry Widow" from the San Francisco Opera (#2804)

In a Parisian whirl of elegant ladies, eligible bachelors, Maxim's can-can dancers and ever-flowing champagne, Franz Lehar's The Merry Widow has long delighted audiences with its effervescent tale of suitors seeking the coveted hand of wealthy widow Hanna Glawari. Now Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein applies her comedic brilliance to new dialogue for Lehar's musical favorite. This charming English-language production from the San Francisco Opera features an internationally acclaimed cast, including Yvonne Kenny, Bo Skovhus, Angelika Kirchschlager and Gregory Turay. The production is directed for the stage by Lotfi Mansouri and features heralded Cincinnati Pops maestro Erich Kunzel making his debut as guest conductor. [146 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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262 episodes
Average Episode Length
97 minutes
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