The full version of this operetta has a duration of 2:45:00. Per the English Wikipedia, almost complete recordings were made in 1907, and then again in 1950. Most recorded versions today are abridged. Highly rated recordings of near-complete versions in the original German have been conducted by Otto Ackermann in 1953, Lovro von Matačič in 1963 (both with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf as Hanna), and by Herbert von Karajan in 1972 (Felicity Lott in the title role).

Annotation last modified on 2017-02-23 19:46 .


composer:Franz Lehár (composer) (1905)
librettist:Victor Léon (librettist)
Leo Stein
premiered at:Theater an der Wien in Wien, Austria (1905-12-30)
Wikidata:Q478202 [info]
arrangements:Vals de La viuda alegre
is the basis for:The Merry Widow Suite
later translated versions:La Veuve joyeuse
The Merry Widow (English lyrics by Adrian Ross)
The Merry Widow (English lyrics by Sachs/Mandel)
The Merry Widow (English lyrics by Sheldon Harnick)
parts:The Merry Widow: Overture
1. Die lustige Witwe: Akt I (act)
2. Die lustige Witwe: Akt II (act)
3. Die lustige Witwe: Akt III (act)


1989-04 – 1989-06Merry Widow MarchpartialSlovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Hayman3:41
Die lustige Witwe, KonzertsuitepartialNational Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Gerhardt13:12
Lõbus lesk: Danilo laulpartialAlfred Sällik2:47
Strauss PartymedleyAndré Rieu4:22
The Merry Widow WaltzpartialArthur Fiedler, Boston Pops Orchestra5:50
Viliainstrumental and partialGuy Lombardo and His Orchestra2:44