Riuniti Opera with conductor Daniel Andai and the Alhambra Orchestra will present a free performance of a concert version of Franz Lehar’s delightful work The Merry Widow.
See how the Parisian ambassador for the little kingdom of Pontevedro tries to solve a big problem – the country’s major taxpayer, a wealthy widow, has gone to Paris on a visit. She is likely to marry a foreigner, thus removing her cash from the kingdom, so the ambassador becomes involved in a complicated web of intrigue and romance to prevent this calamity.
Lehar’s operetta, premiered in 1905, continues to be frequently revived and recorded, and has been made into a movie as well. Its melodies, including the “Merry Widow Waltz,” are perennial favorites.
Cast members are Melissa Ruiz, Andres Lasaga, Eddie Valdes, Janelly Perez, Dale Kitchell, Jared Peroune, Catherine Gispert, Beatriz Menendez, and Virginia Mendez. Riuniti Opera Company is directed by Beverly Coulter.
The performance is a great way to introduce children to opera, and beat the summer doldrums. Venue generously donated by Temple Beth Am. Free admission, free parking.
- Sunday, June 25, at 4 p.m. at Temple Beth Am auditorium, 5950 North Kendall Drive, Miami.
For information, call 305-668-9260 or 305-606-8759.
The Alhambra Orchestra is a nonprofit community orchestra made up primarily of volunteer musicians. Riuniti Opera, under the leadership of soprano/music educator Beverly Coulter, mentors and promotes young opera singers.