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The Merry Widow (Ballet) Australian Ballet Directed by Sir Robert Helpman
Souvenir Brochure – 1981 Colin Peasley, Lynette Mann, Ray Powell

 

The Merry Widow ballet is an adaptation of Franz Lehár’s romantic operetta The Merry Widow (Die Lustige Witwe). John Lanchbery and Alan Abbott adapted the score of the operetta for ballet and retained the style of Lehár’s orchestration. The arrangement includes the well-known tunes of the operetta – Vilja’s Song Ich bin eine anstandige Frau and the Weibermarsch. This musical arrangement has been used for two ballets: the first was choreographed by Ronald Hynd for The Australian Ballet in 1975, while the second was choreographed by Veronica Paeper for CAPAB (since renamed the Cape Town City Ballet Company) in 1988.

The ballet had its world premiere on 13 November 1975 at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne, with Marilyn Rowe (Hanna), John Meehan (Danilo), Lucette Aldous (Valencienne), Kelvin Coe (Camille), Colin Peasley (Baron Mirko Zeta) and Ray Powell (Njegus). The performance was conducted by John Lanchbery. It premiered in Sydney at the Regent Theatre. In 1976, Dame Margot Fonteyn performed the rôle of Hanna as a guest dancer at The Australian Ballet, and continued with the rôle, alternating with Marilyn Jones, when the company took their production to England.

The Australian Ballet is the largest classical ballet company in Australia. It was founded by J. C. Williamson Theatres Ltd. and the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust in 1962, with the English-born dancer, teacher, repetiteur and director Dame Peggy van Praagh as founding artistic director. Today, it is recognised as one of the world’s major international ballet companies.

Company: Dale Baker, David Burch, Kelvin Coe O.B.E, Paul De Masson, Michela Kirkaldie, Valentina Koslova, Leonid Koslov, Lynette Mann, Gary Norman, Ray Powell M.B.E, Marilyn Rowe O.B.E, Mark Brinkley, Julie Da Costa, Joanne Michel, Colin Peasley, Terese Power, Martin Raistrick, Lucinda Sharp, John Vye, Ken Whitmore

 

The Merry Widow (Ballet) Australian Ballet Souvenir Brochure – 1981 Colin Peasley, Lynette Mann, Ray Powell
Size 215 x 280 mm Many Beautiful Illustrations and Photographers & Company Bio’s
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