Halyna Volovetska Honored Art Worker of Ukraine
Ihor Khramov People’s Artist of Ukraine
Tadey Ryndzak People's Artist of Ukraine
Oksana Zinchenko Honored Artist of Ukraine
Vasyl Koval Winner of Ukrainian competition
The embassy in Paris of the Balkan principality of Pontevedro is holding a ball. Hanna Glawari, who has inherited twenty million francs from her late husband, is to be a guest at the ball. It is known that if Madame Glawari marries a foreigner and takes her 50 millions from the Pontevedrian bank, the country will be ruined. This “secret” information has soon leaked to the high-society salons. Hanna arrives and is showered with compliments by the Parisian men hoping to get her money. Baron Zeta has selected the Petrovenian Count Danilo Danilovitsch, the First Secretary of the embassy, as the ideal bridegroom. Danilo agrees, but he does not know that the rich widow is that beautiful stranger he has recently met and who has won his heart.
The following evening, Anna hosts a real Pontevedrian garden party at her house. However her guests are more interested in money rather than in small talks, entertainment, folk songs and dances. Desiring to get money these so called “patriots” lose all sense of shame and honour, they are ready to betray their Fatherland.
Anna and Danilo are in love. They feel that their happiness is close at hand. Suddenly it seemed to Baron Zeta that he saw his wife with French attaché Camille Count de Rosillon in the summerhouse. Baron plans to compromise her and to divorce his wife and then to marry Anna to get her money.
However it is not she but Anna who left the summerhouse with Camille. To save Valencienne reputation Anna announces her engagement to Camille. A furious Danilo departs for Maxim’s, which Hanna takes as proof of his love.
Everybody meets at Maxim’s, the favorite restaurant of Count Danilo. He is asked to decode secret wire. Soon Anna and Rosillon appear. Count de Rosillon admits that he is not intended to marry Anna.
Everybody, except Danilo, asks Anna’s hand. She announces that unfortunately, by the will of her late husband, she loses all her money if she remarries. Astonished admirers refuse her. Danilo interrupts her: if she loses everything, he can now propose. And she, triumphant, explains to him that when she loses the money, it becomes the sole property of her husband. All rejoice!
“Merry Widow” is one of the best operettas of Franz Lehar. The story is about a young widow, a millionaire, Hanna Glawari, and the attaché of the Montenegro Embassy in Paris, Danilo, their meetings, overwhelming mutual love and the challenges that arise on their way to happiness. The spectators also marvel colourful background of the story: the diplomatic fuss over Hanna’s wealth, lyrical themes of beloved, spectacular scenery of the embassy mansion, the Hanna’s estate, the splendid cafe chantant.
Lyubov Kachala Honored Artist of Ukraine
Natalia Romanyuk Honored Artist of Ukraine
|Count Danilo Danilovitsch||
Oleh Lykhach People’s Artist of Ukraine
Petro Radeyko winner of the international competition
|Baron Mirko Zeta||
Yuriy Trytsetskyy Honored artist of Ukraine
|Valencienne, Baron Zeta's wife||
Veronika Kolomishcheva winner of the international competition
|Camille, Count de Rosillon||
Vasyl Sadovskyj winner of the Ukrainian competition
Oleg Sadetsky Honored artist of Ukraine
|Bogdanovitch, Pontevedrin consul||
|Militsha, Bogdanovitch's wife||
Tetyana Vakhnovska Honored artist of Ukraine
|Kromow, Pontevedrin embassy counsellor||
Volodymyr Chibisov winner of the international competition
Yuriy Shevchuk winner of the international competition
|Olga, Kromow's wife||
Nataliya Velychko Honored Artist of Ukraine
Yana Voytyuk Honored Artist of Ukraine
|Vicomte Cascada, Latin diplomat||
Vitalij Zagorbenskyj winner of the international competition
Mykola Kornutyak winner of the international competition
|Raoul de St Brioche, French diplomat||
Oleh Lanovyy winner of the international competition
|Njegus, the Embassy Secretary||
Roman Kovalchuk Honored Artist of Ukraine