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The Merry Widow

22 JUNE - 30 JUNE 2018

The Merry Widow

Two of the country’s most popular and charismatic performers, David Hobson and Natalie Christie Peluso, return to OperaQ’s main stage this season as perfectly paired lovers Hanna and Count Danilo, in a lush and spectacular new production of Franz Lehár’s ever-popular The Merry Widow.

Celebrated Australian director and choreographer Graeme Murphy sets Lehár’s classic operetta amid the Art Deco glamour, silky ballroom gowns, and intrigue of the salons and cabarets of Paris, with romantic trysts taking place in a Monet Garden!

With money as its motivating force,The Merry Widow is a slick comedy of manners and mismatched marriages. Centred around the enduring yet prickly romance between Hanna and her playboy ex-lover Danilo, it waltzes along with couples falling in and out of love, and – after many misunderstandings – a final happy ending. And it’s all set to unforgettable melodies and dazzling dance numbers!

A runaway hit of its era, this refreshing new production of The Merry Widow will seduce you, just as the characters on stage seduce each other, with effortless charm and grace, by transporting you to a glamorous world of waltz, high fashion and glittering parties.


 MEET Hanna and Count Danilo


22, 23, 29 AND 30 June 7.30PM
27 JUNE 6.30PM
30 JUNE 2.00PM
23 JUNE 1.30PM




Premium Reserve: $149 – $179*
A Reserve: $119 – $159*
B Reserve: $99 – $119*
C Reserve: $59 – $79*

*$7.20 – $8.20 transaction fee applies.


Director & Choreographer Graeme Murphy
Creative Associate Janet Vernon
Set Designer Michael Scott-Mitchell
Costume Designer Jennifer Irwin
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Assistant Director & Choreographer Shane Placentino
English Translation Justin Fleming


Danilo Danilovich David Hobson
Hanna Glavari Natalie Christie Peluso
Baron Mirko Zeta Jason Barry-Smith
Valencienne Katie Stenzel
Njegus Hugh Parker
Raoul de St. Brioche Virgilio Marino
Viscount Nicolas Cascada Shaun Brown
Konrad Pritschich Andrew Collis

Dominik Bogdanowitsch Sam Hartley
Sylviane Jessica Low
Alexis Kromow Jon Maskell
Olga Cassandra Seidemann
Praskowia Clarissa Foulcher

Opera Queensland Chorus
Queensland Symphony Orchestra

This brand new production was commissioned by The Opera Conference, Australia’s national partnership of professional opera companies.

Sung in English.

Approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes including two 20 minute intervals.