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    The Merry Widow, an operetta by Lehár, is being brought to life in an extravagant new staging at Glyndebourne. Designer Gary McCann has given it a Hollywood musical feel, set in the belle époque. The story follows the reunion of Danilo and Hanna, who were once in love but separated by their different social statuses. The operetta features both dialogue and songs, allowing for more characterizations and humor. The language is full of 1905 etiquette, with a touch of bawdiness. The production aims to create a 2024 comedy with a 1905 aesthetic.