Join us for a joyous and unmissable evening
at the English National Opera:
John Copley’s spectacular traditional production of
Franz Lehar’s masterpiece of comic opera and Viennese music and dance,
The Merry Widow, starring the current
prima donna among English sopranos, Sarah Tynan and
the great American baritone Nathan Gunn
The date is Wednesday, March 6, and the evening will open in suitably fine style
with a Three-Course Champagne Dinner at The Savoy Hotel
We are delighted to open the New Year opera season with a joyful treat—John Copley’s celebrated production of The Merry Widow—an artistic achievement at a very high level combined with joyous entertainment and wonderful melodies. The Merry Widow is Franz Lehar’s comic masterpiece, played out in a stream of memorable melodies including the ‘Vilja Song’ and ‘The Merry Widow Waltz’. This is a performance to open the season in a sunny frame of mind—it will likely make you leave the opera house smiling, waltzing and singing the songs.
Within a truly glamorous setting, this is a traditional staging of all that The Merry Widow has to offer, and it will be sung in English. Set around the time of the opera’s composition in the 1880s, the production has chocolate-box frocks, dashing uniformed officers, a full-blown ‘Pontevedro in Paris’ at Hanna’s home (complete with folk-dancers) and orange-flounced can-can girls at Maxim’s. In all this glory it will showcase three international opera stars—the English prima donna Sarah Tynan, the American Nathan Gunn, one of the most sought-after baritones in the USA, and the celebrated Andrew Shore, one of the great character actor singers in opera. The exciting Estonian Kristiina Poska will make her debut in the Coliseum pit.
Only 11 performances are scheduled, and the opera house will be sold out—but we have secured centre seats in the Orchestra Stalls to make sure our Members enjoy the performance to the full—having first enjoyed a delicious Champagne Three-Course Dinner at The Savoy Hotel. The price for our Members for the entire evening is only £139 per person, including Orchestra Stalls seats, a three-course Champagne Dinner, your taxi to the Opera House, VAT and restaurant service charge. The full value of the evening is £185. (If you prefer to book for the performance without the Champagne dinner, the cost is only £89 per ticket.)
The Merry Widow is one of the gems of Viennese operetta, its dazzling success making Franz Lehar heir to Johann Strauss II. Reflecting the splendour of Imperial Vienna with its whirlwind of sumptuous parties and décor, the operetta stands out for the elegance and colour of an orchestration of symphonic scale—as enjoyable for those new to opera as it is for the ardent opera-goer, captivated by the richness of the score, from the famous ‘Song of Vilja’ to the ‘Pavilion Duet’ and the ‘Merry Widow Waltz’. This classic production is one to savour. As witty as Lehar’s masterly score, visually ravishing, thoroughly entertaining, and shot through with charming detail and beguiling performances, it has Copley’s signature all over it, revealing why it is such a success, and why in its reincarnation by the English National Opera it wins classic status. Avant-garde it most definitely is not—but for a thoroughly enjoyable evening and a supremely uplifting way to enjoy Viennese music and dance at its best, this operetta will be fabulous.
It will be a great chance to see the critically acclaimed Sarah Tynan, stunning, silky-voiced and considered the best actress on the modern opera stage—no mean feat. Starring in the title role, this hugely talented soprano is the English prima donna, with radiance and comic timing as immaculate as her mastery of cascading runs and her shining top notes. Alongside her as Count Danilo is the charismatic Nathan Gunn, one of America’s most accomplished and in-demand baritones today. ‘Gunn commands an operatic baritone whose mighty heft and richness confer an outsize authority on everything it touches,’ writes the New York Times. Andrew Shore, who plays Baron Zeta, is one of our great character actor-singers. He is in demand at opera houses from Bayreuth to Buenos Aires to Barcelona, but ENO is ‘the closest thing to feeling like a home company for me’, he says. As to the brilliant, in-demand Kristiina Poska, she will conduct the full orchestra of the English National Opera, the largest of its kind in Europe, with some 60 musicians. Now first kapellmeister at the Komische Oper, Berlin, Poska has established herself as an artistically imaginative interpreter. So, a chance to catch another bright talent as she conducts Lehar’s Merry Widow in this marvellous night of joyful operetta.
This happy, entertaining evening will be made even more enjoyable by a three-course Champagne Dinner in the famously stylish Kaspar’s Restaurant at The Savoy Hotel. Our tables are booked from 5pm, after which you will be whisked to the Coliseum by taxi in good time for the performance, which starts at 7.30pm. The date is Wednesday, March 6. Tickets for the full evening cost Members just £139 per person. This includes your Orchestra Stalls seat at the opera, three-course Champagne Dinner at The Savoy, VAT, restaurant service charge and taxi from The Savoy Hotel to The London Coliseum. The full value is £185. Only a limited number of tickets are available, so if you would care to join us for this enjoyable evening please click here to book the full evening, including Three-Course Champagne Dinner. If you prefer to book tickets only, please click here. To book by phone, please call the Member Services team on 020 7399 2960.
CHAMPAGNE DINNER AT THE SAVOY HOTEL
You and your guests will be welcomed with a glass of chilled Champagne to toast the occasion.
This will be followed by three courses from a delicious pre-theatre menu, each with a choice of three dishes, created to reflect the season, and beautifully prepared under the eye of the talented Executive Chef.
THE THREE-COURSE CHAMPAGNE DINNER
It is too soon to know the menu for the evening, but for starters in this world famous hotel you may perhaps choose from such delights as the Savoy’s port wine and chicken velouté with pistachio arancini; or dill-cured salmon with apple, onions, fine herb salad and pumpernickel crumbs; or perhaps a gourmet vegetarian treat created from goat’s cheese, honeycomb and pickled beets.
Depending on the freshest market ingredients, main courses may include a choice of the Savoy’s succulent slow-roasted rump of lamb with boulanger potato, roasted peppers, curly kale and jus de rôti. Or you might choose one of the famously delectable seafood dishes, such as pan-roasted stone bass with tomato fondue, fennel and anise. Or perhaps a vegetarian option such as mushroom risotto with girolles, garden peas and herbs.
As for the puddings, the menu may well include the Savoy’s delicious dark chocolate Gianduja mousse with bitter orange marmalade and hazelnut Dacquoise; or caramelised apple tarte tatin with Bramley apple purée and vanilla ice-cream. For cheese lovers there will be a Chef’s selection of British cheeses (supplement applies).
Whatever is on the menu, The Savoy will ensure that the food is superb and the service faultless—and your taxi will be on hand to whisk you to the opera house after dinner.
BOOK NOW FOR THIS SPECIAL OPERA EVENING
To book our Orchestra Stalls seats for the English National Opera’s performance of The Merry Widow on Wednesday, March 6, with Champagne Pre-Theatre Three-Course Champagne Dinner at Kaspar’s at The Savoy and your taxi from The Savoy to The London Coliseum, including tax and restaurant service charge, the cost to Members is only £139 (the full value is £185). To book tickets alone, your Club Members’ price is £89 (instead of the full value, which is £115).
Our tables at Kaspar’s at The Savoy are booked from 5pm. The performance at the London Coliseum starts at 7.30pm. Running time is 2 hours 30 minutes.
Only a limited number of tickets are available, so if you wish to join us please click here to book the full evening, including Three-Course Champagne Dinner at The Savoy.
If you prefer to book tickets only, please click here. To book by phone, please call the Member Services team on 020 7399 2960.
EXTEND THE PLEASURE: STAY AT THE SAVOY
You may wish to extend the enjoyment of the evening with a night or two at The Savoy Hotel. Our Members receive VIP treatment and a complimentary room upgrade if available on arrival, as well as privileged room allocation.
Our exclusive rates, plus the above benefits, start at only £299 plus VAT for two (saving you more than £300 on the rack rate), and giving you exclusive Club rates on all categories of rooms and suites.
Please call the Member Services team on 020 7399 2960 to inquire about availability at The Savoy Hotel or another of our recommended hotels and clubs at special Club rates, click here to email us for an immediate room availability check.