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Opera Australia is stag­ing a new pro­duc­tion of “The Merry Widow” in Mel­bourne this month. Directed and chore­ographed by Graeme Mur­phy, the pro­duc­tion stars Mel­bourne-born in­ter­na­tional singing star Danielle de Niese. Filled with mem­o­rable tunes and dance rou­tines, “The Merry Widow” is a light-hearted look at love amid the cham­pagne and glit­ter of Art Deco France. Ladies sweep into ball­rooms in silk fish­tail gowns while gents in suits and patent leather shoes kiss your hand and fill up your dance card.

The tiny state of Pon­teve­dro is bank­rupt. Their only hope of fi­nan­cial sal­va­tion lies in Hanna, a beau­ti­ful widow who in­her­ited her hus­band’s for­tune af­ter just eight days of marriage. The Pon­tevedri­ans must con­vince her to marry a lo­cal, lest she take her for­tune to for­eign shores. But she’s got a his­tory with the man they’ve got in mind, and there are many twists and turns on the road to fall­ing in love again. 15–25 Novem­ber, State The­atre, Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne, 100 St Kilda Road, Mel­bourne. 9685 3700. opera.org.au

Photo: James Rogers.

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