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THE MERRY WIDOW, 11/9 &11/21

October 29, 2004
Contact: Press & Media Relations Coordinator (703-993-8794)

For general information about tickets, seating, parking, etc., for performances and events happening at the Center for the Arts, please contact the ticket office directly at 703-993-2787.


Friday, November 19, 8PM & Sunday, November 21, 2PM
An operetta in three acts by Franz Lehár
Libretto by Viktor Léon and Leo Stein from the play L’attaché d’ ambassade by Henri Meilhac
The scene of the opera is the Pontevedrian Embassy in Paris, 1905
Performed in English translation by Ted Puffer with Digitext Super Titles

One of the most famous operettas in the genre

One of Virginia Opera’s most applauded productions returns with all-new leading artists and important company debuts

Full traditional production, complete with dancers, directed by choreographer-director Dorothy Danner and conducted by Virginia Opera’s own Dan Saunders

Fairfax, Virginia, October 27, 2004— The lively production sweeps audiences along through a waltzing tale that has kept audiences laughing, dancing, and cheering for nearly a century. Mischief abounds as the desirable widow, Hanna Glawari, determinedly carries out an intricate scheme to win the heart of her former lover, Count Danilo Danilowitsch, in the midst of the delightful frivolity in early 20th century Paris. Performances are at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Friday, November 19 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 21 at 2:00 p.m. Pre-performance discussions are held 45-minutes prior to each performance on the hall’s Grand Tier.
The production features the company debut of soprano Diane Alexander as Hanna and the return of debonair tenor Tracey Welborn (Eisenstein in DIE FLEDERMAUS, 2003) as Danilo.
Acclaimed choreographer-director Dorothy Danner (THE MERRY WIDOW, 1998; TOSCA, 2001 and DIE FLEDERMAUS, 2003) leads an impressive supporting cast, including handsome tenor Harold Gray Meers as Camille de Rosillon and the alluring Saundra DeAthos as Valencienne – both making their Virginia Opera debuts.

Tickets for THE MERRY WIDOW are $84, $68, $44. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, the professional presenting arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.