Performed at the War Memorial Opera House in 2001


Who’s the most eligible bachelorette in all of Pontevedro? The widow with the wads of cash! And everyone’s got their eyes on her, from the baron trying to save the country from bankruptcy to the ex-boyfriend too proud to admit his love.

Belgian painter Thierry Bosquet brings an exuberance of texture and contrast to the costumes in San Francisco Opera’s The Merry Widow, a production broadcast on PBS’s Great Performances. Get your glam on with the lace, ruffles, and tulle worn by opera stars like Frederica von Stade and Yvonne Kenny.

The Merry Widow

The Merry Widow

View cast, synopsis, photos, and more in the San Francisco Opera Archives.

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Illustration by Thierry Bosquet