Opera Australia Merry Widow

The Merry Widow operetta is coming to the Melbourne Arts Centre in November

If operettas (little operas) are more your thing than full-blown three-hour productions, then The Merry Widow might be right up your alley.

Especially flown in for it, Melbourne-born international opera star Danielle de Niese will make a return to home to perform in her first opera in Australia.

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The Merry Widow provides ample doses of fun and frivolity and Danielle de Niese is the perfect star to bring this production to life. It comes complete with spirited choreography and direction from Graeme Murphy, former director of Sydney Dance Company, so you know it’ll be an explosion of sheer talent.

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De Niese boasts a story that you couldn’t make up. Of Sri Lankan descent, she grew up in Melbourne before moving to LA at the age of 11, where she became the host of television show ‘L.A Kids’, and won an Emmy for at age 16.

Making her professional operatic debut at the age of 15 with the Los Angeles Opera, she became the youngest singer ever to participate in the Young Artists Studio at the Metropolitan Opera.

Married to Gus Christie, chairman of Glyndebourne Festival Opera, de Niese, Christie and their son now reside at Glyndebourne opera house.

“We’re tremendously excited to have Danielle de Niese making her opera debut in Melbourne,” said Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini.

“This will be an unmissable opera production filled with incredible tunes, unforgettable dance and a captivating lead.”

See more and get your own tickets at the Opera Australia website.

Listen to some of what to look forward to right here…

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