Saturday, Jan. 17, watch Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow.
The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in Lehár’s enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!, Contact). Stroman and her design team of Julian Crouch (Satyagraha, The Enchanted Island) and costume designer William Ivey Long (Cinderella, Grey Gardens, Hairspray) have created an art-nouveau setting that climaxes with singing and dancing grisettes at the legendary Maxim’s. Nathan Gunn co-stars as Danilo and Kelli O’Hara is Valencienne. Andrew Davis conducts.
McIntyre will provide historical background on the day’s opera and discuss salient aspects of the drama, music, and performance. The opera itself begins at noon.
The lecture series is coordinated by Eugene Gaub, associate professor of music.
Tickets are available at the Pioneer Bookshop, the Grinnell College Bookstore, and at the door on the day of the show.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, children, and Met Opera members.
Tickets for Grinnell College faculty, staff, and students have been generously funded by the Office of the President and are available at no cost at all ticket locations. Family members not employed by the college are required to purchase tickets.
Email calendar[at]grinnell[dot]edu and ask join the Public Events listserv if you’d like to get reminders about performances and ticket distribution.