Opera Wilmington presents its first production, 'The Merry Widow.' (Source: WECT)
Nancy King plays the lead role of Hanna Glawari in 'The Merry Widow." (Source: WECT)
The cast of the 'Merry Widow' performs at the UNCW Cultural Arts Building. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -
Opera Wilmington, a new company to form in the Port City, is making its debut performance with The Merry Widow.
Under the direction of Wendy Fingerhut (Executive Director), Jerry Fingerhut (Financial Director), Nancy King (Artistic Director) and Steven Errante (Conductor), Opera Wilmington strives to bring this rarely seen art form to the area.
"We're bringing something to Wilmington that apparently people have been waiting to have because everybody has been coming out and supporting us and is excited," Wendy Fingerhut said.
In The Merry Widow, the title character, who has inherited 20 million francs from her late husband, is wooed by many suitors to keep her fortune in the poverty-stricken country.
The show is primarily considered an operetta, a lighter version of opera, and one the company believes will appeal to everyone.
"We felt that this would be a good first opportunity for people who've not been to the opera before to be exposed to it and enjoy it and come back for more," said Fingerhut. "Opera is, I think, stand-offish to a lot of people. Their bodies get rigid when they hear the word. Opera is full-range theatre. It has absolutely everything."