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"Die Lustige Witwe" (Merry Widow) was premiered in Vienna in 1905, and it was staged by Helmuth Lohner in Mörbisch on the occasion of the 100-year anniversary. It is the most played stage work of this genre. An abundance of melodic ideas was cleverly orchestrated in this stage work: "Da geh ich ins Maxim", the "Viljalied", "Ja das Studium der Weiber ist schwer" and "Lippen schweigen".
The Mörbischer "Witwe" is conducted by Rudolf Bibl, the choreography by Giorgio Madia. Rolf Langenfass is traditionally responsible for the stage design and costumes. The leading roles are played by Harald Serafin (Baron Mirko Zeta), Margarita de Arello (Hanna Glawari) and Mathias Hausmann (Count Danilo Danilowitsch). "Die Lustige Witwe", premiered in 1905 at the Theater an der Wien, is probably one of Franz Lehar's most successful operettas. The history of the rich Hanna Glawari not only inspired Europe, America also succumbed to the "Merry Widow" fever through the abundance of musical ideas, the Parisian piquancy with Balkan influences and the colourful bouquet of waltz, polka, colo, polonaise and mazurka. And last but not least, the melodies "Da geh ich ins Maxim", "Vilja-Lied", "Ja, das Studium der Weiber ist schwer" and "Lippen schweigen" became evergreens.

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