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The Merry Widow 2.0

The Merry Widow 2.0

Playing period

26. March - 01. April

Playing time

2 h 40 m

- Insanely funny. Politiken ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Velkommen til romantiske forviklinger og frekk satire når Bergen og København omfavner hverandre i en helt ny vri på Lehárs legendariske operette.

Viljasangen, Enkevalsen og alle de andre musikalske godbitene kommer selvsagt som perler på en snor når Den glade enke settes opp i Grieghallen. Men den prisvinnende regissøren Kasper Holten fra Det Kongelige Teater i København har sammen med tv-manusforfatteren Adam Price laget en helt ny og saftig vri på plottet i denne høyt elskede klassikeren.

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Experience romantic confusion and caustic satire when the cities of Bergen and Copenhagen unite in a brand new version of Lehár’s legendary operetta.

The Vilja Song, The Merry Widow Waltz and all the other beloved evergreens will of course appear as pearls on a string when The Merry Widow (Den glade enke) 2.0 is staged in Bergen spring 2022. Award-winning stage director Kasper Holten from The Royal Theatre in Copenhagen has together with Adam Price created a brand new and juicy twist on this jewel in the crown of operettas.

The co-production between Bergen National Opera and The Royal Theatre had its premiere in Copenhagen 1st October 2021 - to standing ovation from the audience and rave reviews in the press:

- Insanely funny. Politiken ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Uncompromising satire. Berlingske ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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We are invited into a sparkling premiere party, where the desperate theatre director Zeta (Eirik del Barco Soleglad) tries to save his wrecked theatre from bankruptcy by charming the wealthy and glamorous Hanna Glawari (soprano Kari Postma). He is not the only one swarming around this very merry widow: Her old flame Danilo (tenor Peter Lodahl) also shows up, together with a whole bunch of greedy and needy people from the cultural elite.

We will be drawn into a whirlwind of romantic entanglements, with dancers arriving from Copenhagen showing high kicks and hidden surprises in their specially designed costumes. Scandinavian brotherhood is also to be showcased, with Norwegian, Swedish as well as Danish singers on the stage.

The young Italian conductor Vincenzo Milletari leads Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, soloists, the chorus Edvard Grieg Kor and dancers from Copenhagen, in this fully staged version of The Merry Widow 2.0 to be premiered in Bergen on March 26, 2022.

Operetta in three acts

Franz Lehár / Music
Victor Léon og Leo Stein, based on a comedy play by Henri Meilhac / Libretto
Revised by Adam Price and Kasper Holten
Translated to Norwegian by Eirik del Barco Soleglad

Vincenzo Milletari / Conductor
Kasper Holten
/ Stage director
Anna Schulin-Zeuthen
/ Stage director for the Bergen version
Steffen Aarfing
/ Set designer
Ida Marie Ellekilde
/ Costume designer
Luke Halls
/ Video designer
Ulrik Gad
/ Lighting designer
Signe Fabricius
/ Choreographer
Håkon Matti Skrede
/ Chorus master

Soloists: See photos and biographies below

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Edvard Grieg Kor

Thea Carla Schøtt
Nefertiti Pedersen
Maria Malmström
Olivia Sol Anselmo
Liza Stokseth

Performed in Norwegian, Danish and Swedish. Surtitles (the songs) in Norwegian.
Duration approx. 2 hours and 40 minutes, including 30 minutes intermission.

Introduction by Gunnar Danbolt (in Norwegian) one hour before each performance in the foyer in Grieghallen

A co-production by Bergen National Opera and The Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen
Presented by Bergen National Opera in collaboration with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Edvard Grieg Kor

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Selected dates

26/03 Saturday 18.00
Grieghallen Play ended
Play ended
28/03 Monday 19.00
Grieghallen Play ended
Play ended
30/03 Wednesday 19.00
Grieghallen Play ended
Play ended
01/04 Friday 19.00
Grieghallen Play ended
Play ended