Four weeks after the closure of Fall’s Operette, Die lustige Witwe . years later the libretto for London’s Primrose pinched precisely Léon and. The Merry Widow, German Die lustige Witwe, comic operetta in three acts by Hungarian composer Franz Lehár (libretto in German by Viktor Léon and Leo Stein. 2. Mai Die lustige Witwe: Operette in drei Akten (teilweise nach einer fremden Grundidee) / von Victor Léon und Leo Stein ; Musik von Franz Lehár.

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Their success was, again, indubitable, and the show was promptly taken up for a local production at the Theater des Westens 1 March This is of course the same pavilion where Danilo, the Baron, and Njegus have agreed to meet, and the latter, arriving first, locks the door when he spots people inside. This extinguishes the remaining suitors’ interest in the lustigee. Berry as Nisch, with costumes by Lucile and Percy Anderson. When Hanna and Camille emerge from the summerhouse, sie pretend to be engaged.

Danilo refuses, but offers to eliminate any non-Pontevedrin suitors as a compromise. The men of the embassy are still worried about her potential marriage plans. Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. Valencienne agrees, writing “I’m a respectable wife” on it as a rejoinder to Camille’s “I love you.

At this, Danilo promptly confesses his love for her and asks Hanna to marry him. Libretro earlyViennese librettist Leo Stein came across the play and thought it would make a good operetta. The Merry Widow had an obstacle-filled route to success.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The Baron intends that Count Danilo Danilovitsch, the first secretary of the embassy, should marry the widow; unfortunately for this plan, Danilo is not at the party, so Zeta dje Danilo’s assistant Njegus to fetch him lystige Maxim’s.

Die lustige Witwe (Lehár, Franz) – IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music

Baron Mirko Zeta, Pontevedrian ambassador bass. Nonetheless, the production went forward. Librretto composed a draft of the score, but it luwtige unsatisfactory, and he gladly left the project. Retrieved from ” https: Valencienne assures Baron Zeta of her fidelity by pointing out her reply to Camille’s declaration of love written on the fan: The two men, along with Njegus, arrange to meet that evening in Hanna’s garden pavilion to discuss Danilo’s findings, as well as the problem of securing the widow’s fortune for Pontevedro.


Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. When Danilo arrives, having found the real Maxim’s empty, he tells Hanna to give up Camille for the sake of Pontevedro.

Camille de Rosillon tenor. Camille emerges from the pavilion with Hanna, who announces that they plan to marry, leaving the Baron distraught at the thought of Pontevedro losing Hanna’s millions and Valencienne distraught at losing Camille.

You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a wittwe points in mind. When Njegus produces the fan, lustiige he had picked up earlier, Baron Zeta suddenly realizes that the fan belongs to Valencienne.

Arranger Martin Greenwald fl. As the “Ladies’ Choice” dance is about to begin, Hanna becomes swarmed with hopeful suitors. The next evening, everyone is dressed in Pontevedrin clothing for a garden party at Hanna’s house, now celebrating the Grand Duke’s birthday in his own country’s fashion. The initial performances earned some criticismbut within a few years the operetta had become an international hit. The Volksopera released a complete live performance on CD, interpolating the “Can-Can” from Offenbach’s Orpheus llustige the Underworldwhich was copied in many other productions worldwide.

lkbretto London saw Carl Brisson three times as Danilo, librettto with Evelyn Laye, Nancie Lovat and Helen Gilliland, but if the last of these signalled a switch to a more legit singing widow, a reprise starring Madge Elliott and Cyril Ritchard put the ball squarely back in the light-comedy area.

The immensley successful silent movie version fromdirected by Erich von Stroheim. Much to Danilo’s delight, Hanna tells him that she was never engaged to Camille, but that she was protecting the reputation of a married woman.


With the two happy couples reunited, Pontevedrians and French alike reflect again on the challenge of understanding women. The operetta was to become one of the most popular in the repertoire. Inevitably, Die lustige Witwe made its way on to film. He evokes a polonaisemarchesParisian cancans and libfettoa cafe song, and the most exquisite of waltzes. Graves ad-libbed extensive “business” in the role of the Baron.

Arranger Henry Marcellus Higgs — lubretto, piano reduction. The third act was set in Maxim’s. Keep Exploring Britannica Frank Wigwe. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. However, it is in the public domain in Canada where IMSLP is hosted and other countries where the term is life-plus years such as China, Japan, Korea and many others worldwide.

Njegus produces the fan, which he picked up earlier, and Baron Zeta finally remembers that it belongs to Valencienne.

Die Lustige Witwe

The production ran for an extraordinary performances in London and toured extensively in Great Britain. Hearing this, Danilo confesses his love for her and asks Hanna to marry him, and Hanna triumphantly points out that she will lose her fortune only because it libtetto become the property of her husband. Still not recognising the fan as Valencienne’s, the Baron orders Danilo to discover the identity of its owner, whom he correctly assumes to be Camille’s married lover. His fears are calmed when he sees the words Valencienne had written on the fan.

Seeing the fan, Hanna takes the message on it to be Danilo’s linretto of love for her, which he denies. Javascript is required for this feature. Discover some of the most interesting and trending topics of It was produced by Henry Witee Savage.