The Merry Widow

Ballet in three acts after the music of Franz Lehár
Filmed in the MacMillan Theatre of the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto
A Primedia production in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, with the participation of Telefi lm Canada and the Ontario Film Development Corporation, in association with Monarda Arts / RM Arts


Ronald Hynd’s three act ballet “The Merry Widow” to the music of Franz Lehár is an exciting studio production, performed by the superb National Ballet of Canada. The Australian dancer John Meehan gives an outstanding performance in the role of Count Danilo, who is ordered by the Pontevedrian Embassy to avert their impending bankruptcy by marrying into the fortunes of the recently widowed Hanna Glawari – beautifully portrayed by the Canadian prima ballerina Karen Kain. Raymond Smith dances the part of the French attaché, Camille, who falls madly in love with the Ambassador’s wife, Valencienne (Yoko Ichino).


Available at Arthaus Musik (DVD and Blu ray)



Executive Producer: W. Paterson Ferns, Norman Campbell
Directed for Screen by: Norman Campbell
Assistant Director: Ann Sutton
Production Coordination: Paul de Hueck, Ann Chambers
Cameras: Tom Farquharson, Michael Gyll, John Halenda, Ross Menzies, Ross Murray
Sound: Mas Kikuta, Anton Szabo, Floyd Burrell
Editor: Jack Walker
Running Time: 88 min
Picture Format: 4:3
Year of production: 1987


Creative Team


Composer: Franz Lehár
Conductor: Ermanno Florio
Adaption: John Lanchberry, nach den Texten der gleichnamigen Operette von Victor Léon und Leo Stein
Light: Michael J. Whitfield
Set Design: Desmond Heeley
Costume Design: Desmond Heeley
Choreography: Ronald Hynd
Ballet Master: Valerie Wilder, Lynn Wallis
Dance Company: The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra
: Karen Kain, John Meehan, Raymond Smith, Yoko Ichino, Charles Kirby, Jacques Gorrissen
Orchestra: The National Ballet Orchestra