Tacoma Opera presents a preview of Franz Lehar’s ‘The Merry Widow’

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Join Tacoma Opera at the beginning of spring for a sparkling preview of their enchanting spring opera, “The Merry Widow.” Hear some of the romantic tunes from the operetta while enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres, luscious dessert and sparkling wine. The event takes place Thursday, March 22. Sparkling wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the entertainment begins at 7 p.m. It takes place at Weatherly Inn (the sponsor for “The Merry Widow”), 6016 N. Highlands Pkwy., Tacoma.

“The Merry Widow” is an operetta by the Austro-Hungarian composer Franz Lehár. The librettists, Viktor Léon and Leo Stein, based the story – concerning a rich widow, and her countrymen’s attempt to keep her money in the principality by finding her the right husband – on an 1861 comedy play, “L’attaché d’ambassade” (“The Embassy Attaché”) by Henri Meilhac. The operetta has enjoyed extraordinary international success since its 1905 premiere in Vienna and continues to be frequently revived and recorded. The Tacoma Opera production of the show takes place April 14, 20 and 22.

Tickets to the preview show at the Weatherly Inn are $50 per person in advance or $55 at the door. For tickets and information, call the Tacoma Opera office at (253) 627-7789.

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