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Jason Graae was an energetic Njegus. Malcolm MacKenzie, Greg Fedderly and Jamie Offenbach portrayed crisply delineated characters, as did Jay Brian Winnick as Kromow. As Pritschitsch, Brian Calì showed considerable vocal promise. Rena Harms, Elizabeth Brackenbury and Carol Swarbrick were visually impressive as they sang with sultry tones.

Rod Gilfry as Count Danilo and Susan Graham as The Merry Widow. Photo © 2007 Robert Millard
Rod Gilfry as Count Danilo and Susan Graham as The Merry Widow. Photo © 2007 Robert Millard

One of the best reasons to see this show was the spectacular dancing. Peggy Hickey's choreography seemed quite authentic in both the Parisian and the folk dances. Soloists Yvette Tucker, Shell Bauman, Lisa Gillespie and Jonathan Sharp exhibited both artistry and athleticism. During the final act, the audience began to clap along with the orchestra, and you could see that the onlookers had enjoyed the evening by the smiles on their faces as they left the theater.

Copyright © 17 June 2007 Maria Nockin, Arizona USA

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Classical KUSC 91.5fm will broadcast and webcast LA Opera's production of Lehar's The Merry Widow at 10.30am PDT (17:30 UCT/GMT) on Saturday 7 July 2007.

Maria Nockin's reviews of other recent LA Opera productions: Wagner's Tannhäuser, Recovered Voices, Kurt Weill's The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea can be read here at Music & Vision.

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