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Total duration 2 h 40 min
1 intermission (30 min)
7 performances
11.2.2022 – 10.3.2022
Operas
Main Stage
tickets
17-109 €
Performed in Finnish
Surtitles in Swedish and English

An operetta about marriage worries

Hanna Glavari is a rich widow in need of a husband. Count Danilo is the obvious candidate, particularly as the couple are already in love. However, Danilo refuses to propose to Hanna because of her riches.

It’s no surprise that this story of a wealthy widow’s marriage worries has become the world’s favourite operetta. Franz Lehár’s bright and bubbly work offers genuine old-school glamour, merrymaking with Parisian nobility, catchy melodies, and can-can. How could an operetta evening possibly be more perfect?

Recommended for children over the age of 12.

Tickets will be on sale 31.8. at 12 o’clock.

Performances and tickets

2 h 40 min
1 intermission (30 min)
7 performances
11.2.2022 – 10.3.2022
Operas
Main Stage
tickets
17-109 €
Performed in Finnish
Surtitles in Swedish and English
Fri 11.2.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €
Thu 17.2.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 17.00 €
Sat 19.2.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €
Wed 23.2.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 17.00 €
Wed 2.3.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €
Fri 4.3.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €
Thu 10.3.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €

The world’s most popular operetta

The Merry Widow, which has been performed at the Finnish National Opera 314 times, is also the world’s most popular operetta. Sung in Finnish, this production is ideal entertainment for first-time visitors to the Opera House, too.

The glorious costumes and splendid sets ensure a visually dazzling experience. As the curtain rises, the audience is invited to a grandiose, spectacular party.

Gallery

Synopsis

The people of the fictional principality of Pontevedro want to keep the fortune of Hanna Glavari, a rich young widow, within the country’s borders. Baron Mirko Zeta comes up with an ingenious strategy: the First Secretary of the embassy, Danilo, must marry her. Danilo is found at Maxim’s cabaret, but he refuses to propose to Anna, though he used to be in love with her. He does, however, promise to fob off her Parisian suitors.

The relationship between Camille and Baron Zeta’s wife, Valencienne, faces no obstacles, though. When Baron Zeta is about to discover them alone at a pavilion, Hanna saves the day by taking the place of the Baroness, which makes Danilo jealous. Hanna reveals she will lose her fortune if she remarries, and Danilo finally dares to propose to her – but Hanna still has another surprise in store.

You can read the full synopsis and other background information in the programme booklet.

#TheMerryWidow

Listen to the music of The Merry Widow

Creative team

Music
Franz Lehár
Director
Jussi Tapola
Sets and costumes, projection design
Anna Kontek
Lighting design
Olli-Pekka Koivunen
Choreography
Juhani W. Rytkölä

Cast

Fans' verdict

”I can’t wait to watch an operetta that makes me laugh from the bottom of my heart and smile all the way home, thinking of funny plot twists”

– MARJUT

Complete the experience with refreshments

Refreshment sales start in Autumn

The Opera Restaurant is turning over a new leaf in Autumn 2021 with Restel as our new catering partner. Refreshment sales for performances in the 2021–2022 season will start in August. You can order refreshments in advance in our online shop, the Opera&Ballet mobile app, or at our customer service point.

Stay and enjoy

Your 20% discount for Radisson Blu Hotels

Complete your experience by staying the night at a hotel. As a customer of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet, you can enjoy the hospitality of Helsinki’s Radisson Blu Hotels at a special rate.

This treat-yourself-offer includes accommodation for two in the hotel of your choice in Helsinki, two glasses of sparkling wine upon arrival, and the hotel’s delicious Super Breakfast.

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