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By Stephen Wigler | November 9, 1995
The Baltimore Opera Company tries its hand at operetta in its second production of the current season, Franz Lehar's "The Merry Widow." The production, which will be sung in English, stars soprano Carol Neblett in the title role and tenor Gran Wilson and will be conducted by William Boggs.Performances take place in the Lyric Opera House on Nov. 11, 15, 17, 18 and 19, and tickets are priced from $18 to $98. For more information, call the BOC box office, (410) 727-6000.
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | January 6, 2006
New York-- --Stockholm-born Lena Olin entered American movies 17 years ago with back-to-back masterpieces. She turned a bowler hat into a resounding erotic symbol as a Prague artist named Sabina in Phil Kaufman's The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988). She won an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress as an elemental, Holocaust-haunted New York immigrant in Paul Mazursky's Enemies, A Love Story (1989). Naturally, studio executives saw her as an heir to the Ingrid Bergman of Notorious - an actor who could send all the complications of Eros rippling to the surface without diluting their potency.
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By Jonathan Palevsky and Jonathan Palevsky,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 14, 1995
The ingredients needed for successful operetta are as follows: A mythical European country, in this case Pontevedro; a plot that will not strain the mind too much; and lots of great melodies. Franz Lehar's "The Merry Widow" has these qualities in abundance, and it's no surprise that it is the most performed operetta in the world.The opera, which made Lehar a millionaire many times over, is still being recorded and performed all over the world, currently by the Baltimore Opera.German 19th-century opera was so full of experimentation that works like "The Merry Widow" offered audiences a welcome breath of fresh air. The year of "The Merry Widow's" premiere, 1905, also saw the birth of Richard Strauss' "Salome."
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December 3, 2005
Go See The Squid and the Whale -- To add a third animal to the mix, Noah Baumbach's comedy-drama about his parents' split is like Woody Allen without the bull. Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney give career-high performances. Sun score: A-. Walk the Line -- Sure, it's not new this week, but this riveting real-life romance between Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash has been holding its own against Harry Potter and winning new fans for the duo's music and for Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 8, 1997
If you're still looking for a Mother's Day gift, you might consider taking your mother to the Annapolis Opera Company's production of "The Merry Widow" this weekend at Maryland Hall. Composer Franz Lehar's lilting waltzes could be a pleasant relief from the contemporary buzz.Set in Paris at the turn of the century, "The Merry Widow" tells of intrigues and affairs in pursuit of money and love. Exploration of these perennially interesting subjects is enhanced by Lehar's waltzes and mazurkas and a rollicking cancan.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 15, 1997
The Annapolis Opera Company presented a sorrowful version of Franz Lehar's "The Merry Widow" last weekend at Maryland Hall.The sets were spare, some of the costumes ridiculous, and the singing and acting uneven.Two sopranos alternated in the title role of Hanna Glawari, the Eastern European widow whose $20 million fortune is coveted by the tiny, mythical, impoverished country of Pontevedria.Phyllis Burg, who sang Friday, was slow to warm, with her top notes a bit strident through part of the first act. In the second act, however, she delivered a hauntingly lovely ballad, "Vilya."
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December 12, 1993
* Carlotta Monti, 86, an actress whose stormy relationship with W.C. Fields was chronicled in an autobiography and movie, died Wednesday of undisclosed causes in Los Angeles. Miss Monti, the vivacious actress who appeared in such films as "The Merry Widow," the original "Ben Hur" and "One Night of Love," was Mr. Fields' companion from 1933 until his death in 1946. Their relationship was the subject of the 1976 movie "W.C. Fields and Me," starring Rod Steiger as Mr. Fields and Valerie Perrine as Miss Monti.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 4, 2004
Annapolis Opera began its 2004-2005 season with a "Vienna Dreams" program featuring Viennese and American operetta - a nostalgic diversion and welcome antidote to all the political news on the weekend before Election Day. Operetta is distinguished by gorgeous melodies, which seemed to flow from the pens of Viennese composers Franz Lehar and Johann Strauss, and Americans Sigmund Romberg and Victor Herbert. This lyrical music held sway in the mid- to late 19th-century Vienna and reached its American peak in the Depression-era films of Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, America's singing sweethearts, through the late '40s.
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December 3, 2005
Go See The Squid and the Whale -- To add a third animal to the mix, Noah Baumbach's comedy-drama about his parents' split is like Woody Allen without the bull. Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney give career-high performances. Sun score: A-. Walk the Line -- Sure, it's not new this week, but this riveting real-life romance between Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash has been holding its own against Harry Potter and winning new fans for the duo's music and for Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 29, 1999
Two dozen Anne Arundel countians who wanted to hear opera at its grandest in the land of Verdi and Puccini planned a pilgrimage to the Arena di Verona.And in mid-July we had the ultimate opera experience during four nights in Verona, hearing glorious voices and seeing spectacular productions on the enormous stage.Marking the 77th season of summer festivals at the fabled Arena di Verona, the 1999 season features a new production of Giuseppe Verdi's "Aida," together with Georges Bizet's "Carmen," Giacomo Puccini's "Tosca" and Franz Lehar's operetta, "The Merry Widow," with Andrea Bocelli.
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November 25, 2005
THE LUBITSCH TOUCH -- The second phase of the American Film Institute's tribute to the great German-American director Ernst Lubitsch (1892-1947), The Lubitsch Touch, kicks off tonight at the AFI's Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, 8633 Colesville Road, with Monte Carlo. Few directors of the late-silent, early-talkie era met with as much success as Lubitsch, who had an unerring ability to make even the most problematic situation seem both classy and funny; his To Be Or Not to Be, with Jack Benny as a hammy Shakespearean actor working his way through Poland, poked fun at the Nazis and was one of the great comedies of the 1940s.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 4, 2004
Annapolis Opera began its 2004-2005 season with a "Vienna Dreams" program featuring Viennese and American operetta - a nostalgic diversion and welcome antidote to all the political news on the weekend before Election Day. Operetta is distinguished by gorgeous melodies, which seemed to flow from the pens of Viennese composers Franz Lehar and Johann Strauss, and Americans Sigmund Romberg and Victor Herbert. This lyrical music held sway in the mid- to late 19th-century Vienna and reached its American peak in the Depression-era films of Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, America's singing sweethearts, through the late '40s.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 29, 1999
Two dozen Anne Arundel countians who wanted to hear opera at its grandest in the land of Verdi and Puccini planned a pilgrimage to the Arena di Verona.And in mid-July we had the ultimate opera experience during four nights in Verona, hearing glorious voices and seeing spectacular productions on the enormous stage.Marking the 77th season of summer festivals at the fabled Arena di Verona, the 1999 season features a new production of Giuseppe Verdi's "Aida," together with Georges Bizet's "Carmen," Giacomo Puccini's "Tosca" and Franz Lehar's operetta, "The Merry Widow," with Andrea Bocelli.
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By KEN FUSON and KEN FUSON,SUN STAFF | April 9, 1998
Let's go, let's go. There's no time to dally, sweetheart. You're not in Great Britain anymore.You want to be a triple threat, don't you? That's what Miss Helen calls performers who can sing, dance and act. She says you have to master all three if you want a job on Broadway or the West End in London.That's right, call her Miss Helen. Mr. Gene -- your music instructor -- will be here shortly. You've got four weeks in America, four short weeks to become a triple threat, so let's get moving. ...They arrived in Baltimore a month ago, a dozen young women from the Elmhurst School of Ballet and Performing Arts in Surrey, England.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 15, 1997
The Annapolis Opera Company presented a sorrowful version of Franz Lehar's "The Merry Widow" last weekend at Maryland Hall.The sets were spare, some of the costumes ridiculous, and the singing and acting uneven.Two sopranos alternated in the title role of Hanna Glawari, the Eastern European widow whose $20 million fortune is coveted by the tiny, mythical, impoverished country of Pontevedria.Phyllis Burg, who sang Friday, was slow to warm, with her top notes a bit strident through part of the first act. In the second act, however, she delivered a hauntingly lovely ballad, "Vilya."
NEWS
By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 8, 1997
If you're still looking for a Mother's Day gift, you might consider taking your mother to the Annapolis Opera Company's production of "The Merry Widow" this weekend at Maryland Hall. Composer Franz Lehar's lilting waltzes could be a pleasant relief from the contemporary buzz.Set in Paris at the turn of the century, "The Merry Widow" tells of intrigues and affairs in pursuit of money and love. Exploration of these perennially interesting subjects is enhanced by Lehar's waltzes and mazurkas and a rollicking cancan.
FEATURES
November 25, 2005
THE LUBITSCH TOUCH -- The second phase of the American Film Institute's tribute to the great German-American director Ernst Lubitsch (1892-1947), The Lubitsch Touch, kicks off tonight at the AFI's Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, 8633 Colesville Road, with Monte Carlo. Few directors of the late-silent, early-talkie era met with as much success as Lubitsch, who had an unerring ability to make even the most problematic situation seem both classy and funny; his To Be Or Not to Be, with Jack Benny as a hammy Shakespearean actor working his way through Poland, poked fun at the Nazis and was one of the great comedies of the 1940s.
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By KEN FUSON and KEN FUSON,SUN STAFF | April 9, 1998
Let's go, let's go. There's no time to dally, sweetheart. You're not in Great Britain anymore.You want to be a triple threat, don't you? That's what Miss Helen calls performers who can sing, dance and act. She says you have to master all three if you want a job on Broadway or the West End in London.That's right, call her Miss Helen. Mr. Gene -- your music instructor -- will be here shortly. You've got four weeks in America, four short weeks to become a triple threat, so let's get moving. ...They arrived in Baltimore a month ago, a dozen young women from the Elmhurst School of Ballet and Performing Arts in Surrey, England.
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By Jonathan Palevsky and Jonathan Palevsky,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 14, 1995
The ingredients needed for successful operetta are as follows: A mythical European country, in this case Pontevedro; a plot that will not strain the mind too much; and lots of great melodies. Franz Lehar's "The Merry Widow" has these qualities in abundance, and it's no surprise that it is the most performed operetta in the world.The opera, which made Lehar a millionaire many times over, is still being recorded and performed all over the world, currently by the Baltimore Opera.German 19th-century opera was so full of experimentation that works like "The Merry Widow" offered audiences a welcome breath of fresh air. The year of "The Merry Widow's" premiere, 1905, also saw the birth of Richard Strauss' "Salome."
ENTERTAINMENT
By Stephen Wigler | November 9, 1995
The Baltimore Opera Company tries its hand at operetta in its second production of the current season, Franz Lehar's "The Merry Widow." The production, which will be sung in English, stars soprano Carol Neblett in the title role and tenor Gran Wilson and will be conducted by William Boggs.Performances take place in the Lyric Opera House on Nov. 11, 15, 17, 18 and 19, and tickets are priced from $18 to $98. For more information, call the BOC box office, (410) 727-6000.
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