Magazine article Opera Canada

Die Lustige Witwe. (Canada: Edmonton; Opera in Review)

Magazine article Opera Canada

Die Lustige Witwe. (Canada: Edmonton; Opera in Review)

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In Edmonton Opera's recent season-ender, director Brian Deedrick couldn't seem to muster any enthusiasm for staging Franz Lehar's classic operetta Die Lustige Witwe with integrity, and tinkered with it until it came apart. Problems were evident right away, when the Parisian ambassador's wife, Valencienne (soprano Liesel Fedkenheuer), behaved like a tiresome, spoiled teenager, fussing and whining and mincing about with her lover, Camille (tenor Marc Duguay). She remained an unsympathetic cartoon all evening. Duguay was shorter than Fedkenheuer, looking more like her son than a boyfriend, and his sweet tenor voice was sometimes inaudible. All this meant that one of the operetta's two love stories simply didn't happen.

More problematic was Deedrick's attempt to turn the operetta into some other work, ignoring Lehar's musical charm and elegance and inserting a lot of crude slapstick humor. For instance, when the wealthy widow Hanna (Joanne Kolomyjec) made her grand entrance, surrounded by servants and grovelling suitors, she began throwing fistfuls of paper money around--amusing at first, but quite inappropriate for characterizing her. …

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