Franz Lehár

The Merry Widow

At the Embassy Ball, wealthy widow, Hanna Glawari, leads her society suitors on a merry dance. But how will she win Danilo who counts her riches worthless?

01 Mar - 13 Apr 2019

The Merry Widow is Franz Lehár‘s comic masterpiece, played out in a stream of memorable melodies including the familiar ‘Vilja Song’ and ‘Merry Widow Waltz’.

With a truly glamourous setting, Lehár’s operetta centres on the relationship between the dazzling and wealthy young widow Hanna and Danilo, who has an appetite for wine and women. As this delightful tale of a woman’s quest for love unfolds, their burgeoning romance is hampered by mishap, intrigue and comedic misadventure.

Making their ENO debuts with Lehár’s classic are Director Max Webster (The Lorax) and sought-after Estonian conductor Kritiina Poska. As the vivacious Hanna, ENO favourite Sarah Tynan returns for her second major appearance of the season. She is joined by Nathan Gunn as Danilo, while ENO legend Andrew Shore plays the pompous Zeta.

English lyrics by Richard Thomas
English book by April de Angelis

11 Evening Performances Remaining
1 Matinee Performance Remaining
Running Time
2hrs 30mins

Tickets start from £12 with 500 seats available at £20 or less for every performance.* Aged 16-29 or a full time student? Join Access All Arias to get discounted tickets.

Pre performance talk
9 Mar 2019
Tickets £5 (£2.50 for concessions)
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Signed Performance
13 Mar 2019
Sung in English. Our surtitles system displays sung words above the stage.

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Creative Team

Kristiina Poska


Martin Fitzpatrick

Conductor (April 1, 4, 13)

Max Webster


Ben Stones

Set Designer

Esther Bialas

Costume Designer

Bruno Poet

Lighting Designer

Lizzi Gee


Richard Thomas

English Lyrics

April de Angelis

English Book


Sarah Tynan

Hanna Glawari

Nathan Gunn

Count Danilo Danilowitsch

Andrew Shore

Baron Mirko Zeta

Robert Murray

Camille de Rosillon

Rhian Lois


Nicholas Lester

Vicomte Cascada

Jamie MacDougall

Raoul de St Brioche