Lehar: The Merry Widow / Fleming, Gunn, Davis, Metropolitan Opera

Release Date: 11/20/2015
Label: Decca
Catalog Number: B002420209
Composer: Franz Lehár
Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis
Number of Discs: 1

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Renee Fleming heads an all star cast with elegance and glamour, including Broadway legend Kelli O'Hara and veteran baritone Sir Thomas Allen. Lehar's evergreen comic operetta, The Merry Widow, is given a gala performance in this sumptuous new MET English language production. The scintillating score is given a "glowing, subtle performance". - New York Times

“Davis keeps Lehar's effervescent score bubbling along. There's a great sense of fun running through the entire cast. Fleming's Hanna Glawari is glamorously over the top, as is Nathan Gunn's Danilo, revelling in his wild life of drinking, gambling and grisettes at Chez Maxim's.

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Works on This Recording
1. Die lustige Witwe by Franz Lehár
Performer: Nathan Gunn (Baritone), Carson Elrod (Voice), Kelli O'Hara (Voice), Thomas Allen (Baritone), Renée Fleming (Soprano), Alek Shrader (Tenor)
Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis
Period: Romantic
Written: 1905 ; Vienna, Austria
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