Louisville Ballet’s ‘The Merry Widow’

The Louisville Ballet’s first performance of the 2019-20 season features truth in advertising. Hanna, “The Merry Widow,” is indeed happy (it helps that she is rich and beautiful), and her husband is deceased. But it would be a dull ballet if that’s all there was to it. There’re many twists and turns; after all, this is a dance based on an operetta set in early 20th century Paris. Choreographer Ronald Hynd created the ballet for The Australian Ballet in 1975, and this is the first time it will be performed in Louisville. Former Louisville Ballet Artistic Director Bruce Simpson is dancing as the Baron, his first time on the stage in 20 years. The musical score will be performed by the Louisville Orchestra. —Jo Anne Triplett


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Louisville Ballet’s ‘The Merry Widow’

Jo Anne Triplett is the contributing visual arts editor at LEO Weekly. She’s a past member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Public Art, was the content advisor on the Glassworks Building video, and has written for Louisville Magazine, Kentucky Homes and Gardens and the national publication Glass Craftsman. Jo Anne came to Louisville from Washington, D.C. where she worked as a researcher and writer for the Smithsonian American Art Museum.



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