The Merry Widow Ballet At Sydney Opera House Until May 19th
The Merry Widow performed by the Australian Ballet at Sydney Opera House is a sensational production not to be missed. Be transported to Belle Epoque Paris for a few hours with elaborate sets, beautiful costumes, choreography and story line that will uplift the mind and soul. Based on the vivacious and bubbly operetta created by Austrian composer Franz Lehar the Australian Ballet takes this love story to whole new level with a brilliant performance by the company as a whole. The Merry Widow will appeal to lovers of ballet and Paris as it is set in the turn-of-the-century in Paris’ beautiful age – the Belle Epoque where architecture and fashion were expressions of utmost glamour, beauty and grandeur. Spectacular sets bursting with opulence where mirrors dazzle, Corinthian columns impress, cascading staircases spill out onto the stage and chandeliers call attention to incredible backdrops that perfectly compliment the equally elaborate costumes. Dancers adorned in lavish hats, colourful and frilly tulle, vibrant flowers and feathers bring the tale to life and contribute to the drama and intrigue in every scene. The final act, the most spectacular of all acts, is set in Chez Maxime’s – Paris’ most famous restaurant at the time which dazzles with Can Can dancers, waltzes and a magical scene that transports the audience back in time.
The story of The Merry Widow is typical of an Operetta which are in essence much like an opera only shorter and with an escape from reality, bubbly and elaborate story line. Here the tale is about Hanna – the Merry Widow who becomes tangled in a complicated love story where hearts are broken and revived and where true love conquers all. In a nutshell, the tiny state of Pontevedro is bankrupt and their only hope of financial recovery lies in beautiful Hanna who has inherited her late husband’s incredible fortune. The Pontevedrians must persuade Hanna to marry a local before she decides to marry a foreigner and take her fortune elsewhere. Little do they know that Hanna already has a history with the man they have in mind for her – Danilo who happens to be her childhood sweetheart. With every scene, the love story slowly unfolds between Hanna and Count Danilo and who’s romantic childhood affair was ended by Danilo’s parents as Hanna was just a simple village girl while Danilo is of nobility. Many years go by and Hanna and Danilo’s paths once again cross and Hanna, who still carries the heartbreak of their past love affair, discovers that she is still in love with Danilo who in turn is also still very much in love with Hanna now the heiress to wealth and fortune. After much drama, intrigue and many twists and turns the lovers reunite and the audience is treated to a moving and very cliché happy ending. For a magnificent night to remember for years to come make the time to see The Merry Widow which will be showing for a very short time at Sydney’s Opera House until May 19th 2018.
After the ballet, treat yourself to a very Parisian and divine hot chocolate almost as good as Angelina’s in Paris and a decadent gateaux at Guylian Belgian Chocolate Café in Cirqular Quay – a short walk along the promenade that leads to the Sydney Opera House and right beside the Dendy Opera Quays Cinema. Try their Guylian Bombe Au Chocolate, Chocolate and Hazelnut Pyramid, Passion Temptation and my very favourite the Black Forest Chocolate Cake and Belgian Waffles served with ice cream and milk or dark chocolate dip. For something savoury and very Parisian try their mouthwatering Ham and Cheese Croissant, Three Egg Omelette and Baguette sandwiches. A lovely café, with a warm and inviting décor and ambience, it is a sweet little escape to France (you might forget the fact that it is actually Belgium inspired as it feels so French) after seeing a ballet or opera or when you’re feeling deprived or in need of something indulgent and sweet.