|aThe merry widow|h[videorecording] /|cmusic by Franz Lehar ; book and lyrics by Victor Le?on and Leo Stein ; dialogue by Wendy Wasserstein ; directed for TV by Gary Halvorson ; producers, Judy Flannery, John Walker ; stage director, Lotfi Mansouri ; a production of Thirteen/WNET, New York; KQED Public Television, San Francisco; San Francisco Opera; BBC Worldwide; and Opus Arte BV.
|a1 videodisc (188 min.) :|bsd., col. ;|c4 3/4 in.
|aFrom the comedy L'attache ambassade by Henri Meilhac.
|aRecorded live on Dec. 8, 2001, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, Calif.
|aBonus features: synopsis; cast gallery; and the short film Impressions, featuring cast members discussing the operetta.
|aProgram notes by Bronwen Roberts and Camille Crittenden in English, French and German (23 p. : col. ill.) inserted in container.
|aEnglish translation of lyrics, Christopher Hassall ; executive producer, David Horn ; costume designer, Thierry Bosquet ; set designer, Michael Yeargan ; lighting designer, Jennifer Tipton ; choreographer, Lawrence Pech ; editors, Steve Prime, Noel Rogers ; additional lyrics by Ted and Deena Puffer.
|aYvonne Kenny (Anna Glawari) ; Bo Skovhus (Count Danilo Danilovitch) ; Angelika Kirchschlager (Valencienne) ; Gregory Turay (Camille de Rosillon) ; Carlo Hartmann, Curtis Sullivan, Jonathan Boyd, Bob Amaral, Marnie Breckenridge, William Saetre, Jayne Taini, Peter Strummer, Collen McGrath, Elijah Chester, Janice Lynde, Matt Logan, Virginia Pluth, Claudia Siefer, Jim Croom, Cynthia Drayer, Ann Greene, Debra Rose, Jodi Allen, Juliann Rhodes, Nora Heiber, supporting soloists ; San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus ; Erich Kunzel, conductor.
|aLotfi Mansouri's last production as General Director of the San Francisco Opera; includes new dialogue by Wendy Wasserstein and an original ballet to set the scene Chez Maxim's, bringing fresh insight into Leha?r's operetta.