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04 Dec 2009

‘The Merry Widow’: Lyric Opera staging Franz Lehar classic,0,313070.column

John von Rhein [Chicago Tribune, 4 December 2009]

The show has been performed more than a quarter of a million times, translated into at least 25 languages, recorded countless times and filmed three times by MGM, most recently in 1952 starring Lana Turner and Fernando Lamas as the romantic leads.

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