A score as strong as iron filled with engaging rhythms and lyrical arias, and a swirling story full of spicy intrigues and comical plot twists. That was all Franz Lehár needed to create The Merry Widow, a operetta that was a box-office hit in 1905 and that still intrigues the imagination.

Hervé Niquet and François Pirette will doubtless add extra bells and whistles to his interpretation of this delightful operetta.


Franz Lehár – La veuve joyeuse

FR gezongen, NL boventiteling



Hervé Niquet

Hervé Niquet, chief conductor of the Vlaams Radio Koor and principal guest conductor of the Brussels Philharmonic, considers the musical profession from a researcher’s perspective, and thus gives priority to primary sources in order to move beyond established conventions and customs.

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François Pirette, acteur

Author, comedian, singer, director, scenographer, production leader and producer: François Pirette has been an insatiable creative jack-of-all-trades for over 35 years.

Brussels Philharmonic


The Brussels Philharmonic was founded in 1935 by the Belgian public broadcaster (NIR/INR). It enjoys an excellent reputation for performing premieres of new works and has collaborated with world-renowned composers such as Bartók, Stravinsky, Messiaen and Francesconi.

hendrickje van kerckhove, soprano


Hendrickje Van Kerckhove interprets Missia Palmieri, the wealthy widow and title role.

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thomas blondelle, tenor


Thomas Blondelle interprets Prince Danilo, the military attaché of the embassy and Missia's former lover.

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Sébastien Droy, tenor

Sébastien Droy interprets Camille de Coutançon, the charming lieutenant des chasseurs and lover of the baroness.

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