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What's On - Opera - The Merry Widow – Franz Lehar


Sat 23 | Sun 24 May
Banqueting Room, Guildhall, Bath
the loveliest concert hall in the UK” Radio 3

Saturday 23 May £85
6pm – Join us celebrating the first night of the 2020 season at a Gala Champagne R
eception with canapés and some unexpected musical surprises in the Brunswick RoomPerformance starts at 7.30pm (est. end time of 10.00pm)


Sunday 24 May £59
Performance starts at 5pm (est. end time of 7.30pm)


Conductor:  Oliver Gooch
Director: Simon Butteriss
Orchestra: Iford Arts Chamber Ensemble
Sung English translation: Christopher Hassall
Additional lyrics: Jeremy Sams
Dramatized narration: Simon Butteriss


Hanna Glawari / Widow: Máire Flavin
Danilo: James McOran Campbell
Valencienne: Emily Vine
Camille: Robin Bailey
Baron Zeta: Toby Stafford Allen
Njegus:  Simon Butteris

merry widow pictorial coverFollowing on from last years sell-out performances of Die Fledermaus, Iford Arts is delighted to be back at the Guildhall with The Merry Widow, a riot of irrepressible joie-de-vivre and intoxicating waltz tunes captured the spirit of Belle Epoque Vienna, Paris and London, changing the face of musical theatre forever.

This fully-staged and costumed salon-style presentation of the greatest of all operettas, in a witty new version by Simon Butteriss, with orchestra conducted by Oliver Gooch, features Vilja, Red As The Rose In Maytime, Merry Widow Waltz and a spectacular Can-Can from Maxim’s world-famous Grisettes.

The fabulous Banqueting Rooms of Bath’s Guildhall, a venue recently described on Radio 3 as ‘the most beautiful concert hall in the country’, host this glamourous performance, fully sung in English, costumed and performed Viennese salon-style.

Join us celebrating the first night of the Iford Arts 2020 season at the gala reception in the Brunswick room prior to the performance on Saturday 23 May.

“It tickled the fancy, plucked the heartstrings, and whisked Lehar’s waltzes into the lightest of confections; a perfection of verbal wit and comic timing.”  The Times

 ‘I’m not often given to sycophancy, but this evening’s performance of Die Fledermaus was just wonderful, fabulously wonderful! The production, the quality of the singing, and indeed the quality of the narrator, was most excellent’.

‘Possibly the most hilarious version I have seen


Bath Box Office: 01225 463 362


Starring legendary comic baritone, SIMON BUTTERISS

“Comic genius”
“This amazing singing actor…everything he does is absolutely riveting. You can hear every word and every word is nuanced”.  BBC Radio 3
“My nomination for greatest living Englishman. hilarious, his timing is immaculate, his singing is excellent, his instinct for observing tradition while making it relevant is impeccable. 5 stars” Tully Potter, Daily Mail
“Surely the leading comic baritone of his generation” Manchester Evening News


Oliver Gooch headshot

International conductor OLIVER GOOCH is Musical Director and on piano.
Highly regarded by colleagues, critics and audiences alike. Antonio Pappano created a position for him at the Royal Opera House as the first Associate Conductor (Vilar)  In the concert hall he has conducted many of the major British orchestras including the BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, Hallé and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.











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