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Merry Widow operatta in Arabic at Cairo Opera House

Wed, July 04, 2018 11:16

CAIRO, July 4, 2018 (MENA) - The Cairo Opera House will display in Arabic the famous operatta "The Merry Widow" of Austro-Hungarian composer and conductor Franz Lehár.

The operatta will be displayed on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Lehar wrote some 30 operettas, the most famous and enduring of which is The Merry Widow (Die lustige Witwe), which has achieved worldwide popularity.

The operatta incidents happen in the beginning of the 19th century. It consists of three acts. It narrates a story of Baron Mirko Zeta and his wife Valencienne are giving a reception at the Paris embassy of the Principality of Pontévédro in honour of a rich Pontevedrian widow, Hanna Glawari, whom they would like to see married off to one of her compatriots so that her late husband’s fortune will not leave the country.

Count Danilo seems to be the ideal candidate, especially as Hanna is visibly taken with him. But in order to avoid her thinking that he is only attracted to the rich widow’s money, Danilo feigns indifference, until the unfolding of certain misunderstandings leads him to declare his love. Despite Danilo’s scruples, the wedding will take place, for the greater happiness of all. 

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