Top class production of ‘Merry Widow’ opera in Balor this weekend


THE North West Opera (NWO), along with a top class German conductor will be performing the acclaimed Merry Widow Operatta in the Balor Theatre, Ballybofey tonight (Friday) and tomorrow night.

Herr Anton Zapf (Munich) will lead a bigger than ever orchestra along with professional soloists, chorus and musicians.

Local solo performers include Ann Jennings, Donal Kavanagh and Diana Mc Laughlin.


A cast of 20 local amateur performers, including students from local schools, will be in chorus and the show includes a ‘can can’ performance.

Interestingly, Ann Jennings, Artistic Director NWO, has managed to get a cultural exchange, sanctioned by the Egyptian Ministry for Culture which allows three members of the Cairo State Opera Orchestra join the show.

With it’s can-can dancers and memorable music, Lehar’s The Merry Widow is one of Europe’s all-time favourite shows.

Let NWO take you on a magical musical journey through the romantic streets of Paris where the instantly recognisable music sets the scene for the comedy script to unfold.

Often called “The Queen of Operettas” The Merry Widow is the most celebrated and successful show of it’s kind ever written.

It’s melodies and songs – ‘Vilja’, ‘The Merry Widow Waltz’ and ‘You’ll Find Me At Maxim’s’ are known and played the whole world over.

With professional singers from Germany, Ireland and America, NWO returns for a fifth consecutive year.


The show will be performed in English.

For further information and bookings, telephone the Balor Arts Centre on 074 913 1840 or log on to


Donegal News is published by North West of Ireland Printing & Publishing Company Limited, trading as North-West News Group.
Registered in Northern Ireland, No. R0000576. St. Anne's Court, Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland