The Merry Widow (1905, 1907 in America)

Book: Victor Leon and Leo Stein (after Henri Meilhac); standard English translation by Adrian Ross
Lyrics: Victor Leon and Leo Stein
Music: Franz Lehar

Recordings:

Franz Lehar. Die lustige Witwe. London, n.d. Hilde Gueden, Per Grunden; Robert Stolz conducting the Vienna State Opera Chorus and Orchestra.

Franz Lehar. The Merry Widow. Columbia Masterworks ML 4666, 1952. Reissued on CD as DRG Records Incorporated 19033, 2002. With Dorothy Kirsten and Robert Rounseville.

Franz Lehar. Die lustige Witwe. Angel 35033-35034, 1953. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Nicolai Gedda; Otto Ackermann conducting the London Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra.

Franz Lehar. The Merry Widow. Columbia OS 2280, 1962. Lisa Della Casa, John Reardon; Franz Allers conducting the American Opera Society Orchestra and Chorus. (English translation by Deena Cavalieri and Merl Puffer)

Franz Lehar. Die lustige Witwe. Angel SBL 3630, 1963. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Hanny Steffek; Lovro von Matacic conducting the London Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra.

Franz Lehar. Die lustige Witwe. Deutsche Grammophon 2707-070, 1973. Elizabeth Harwood, Teresa Stratas, Werner Hollweg, Rene Kollo; Herbert von Karajan conducting the Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin and Berliner Philharmoniker.

Franz Lehar. The Merry Widow. Angel S-37500, 1978. Beverly Sills, Alan Titus; Julius Rudel conducting the New York City Opera Chorus and Orchestra.

Franz Lehar. Die lustige Witwe. Deutsche Grammophon 439 911-2, 1994. With Cheryl Studer, Boje Skovhus, Barbara Bonney, Rainer Trost, and Bryn Terfel; John Eliot Gardiner conducting the Wiener Philharmoniker and Monteverdi Choir.

Films and Videorecordings:

The Merry Widow. 1925. Dir. Erich von Stroheim. Mae Murray, John Gilbert.

The Merry Widow. 1934. Dir. Ernst Lubitsch. Reissued as "The Lady Dances." Jeanette MacDonald, Maurice Chevalier.

The Merry Widow. 1952. Dir. Curtis Bernhardt. Lana Turner, Fernando Lamas.

The Merry Widow. 1958. Dir. Charles Hickman. June Bronhill, Thomas Round. (for television)

The Merry Widow. 1988. Dir. Virginia Lumsden. Joan Sutherland, Ron Stevens. (Sydney Opera House, with interpolations, for television)

The Merry Widow. 1996. Dir. Robert Johanson. Jane Thorngren, Michael Hayes. (Live from Lincoln Center, for television)