Operetta by Franz Lehar. English Book & Lyrics: Christopher Hassell. Opera Queensland. Opened 10 July, 2010, Conservatorium Theatre, South Bank, Brisbane. Director: Anna Sweeny. Conductor: Kellie Dickerson
Queensland’s new Merry Widow, Antoinette Halloran, is charming and delightful, sings gloriously, and looks like 20 million dollars (the sum she has just inherited plotwise), on her entrance, in Opera Queensland’s The Merry Widow, but Anna Sweeny’s production is like a glass of flat champagne, there’s no effervescence. Jason Barry-Smith sang well, but was miscast as the dashingly, dissolute Danilo. He’s a terrific character performer, but he’s no leading man.