Nathan Gunn Stars in The Merry Widow at the Met
Nathan Gunn—an opera luminary and the general director of Lyric Theatre @ Illinois—ended 2014 by performing on New Year's Eve with Renée Fleming for the opening night of The Merry Widow at New York's Metropolitan Opera. This new production directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, a five-time Tony Award winner, features an English translation by Jeremy Sams, dynamic dancing, and stunning costumes by William Ivey Long. Gunn plays the dashing Count Danilo, who is recruited to woo Fleming's Hanna so that the money she inherited from her wealthy husband will remain in her home country. Thanks to his "suave presence and solid voice," Gunn was pronounced "debonair" by the New York Times. Sharing the stage was Kelli O'Hara in her Metropolitan Opera debut as Valencienne. A Broadway regular and multiple Tony Award nominee, O'Hara headlined Carousel with Gunn in a 2013 concert version of the musical with the New York Philharmonic. The Merry Widow will be simulcast through the Met's Live in HD series this season and runs through January 31.