One of the nicest guys in town who understands the arts in many ways, Patrick Buckley, serves as the president and artistic director of Kansas City Metro Opera. He aims to share that understanding with the community this weekend with the operetta The Merry Widow by Franz Lehar. The story looks at a rich widow and her countrymen’s attempts to keep her money in the principality by finding her the right husband. The operetta has enjoyed international success since its 1905 premiere in Vienna. The Merry Widow Waltz comes from this score.
Kansas City Metro Opera is dedicated to creating rehearsal and performance opportunities for Kansas City area high school students, college students, and semi-professional performers in opera and operetta.
The production runs 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at Central United Methodist Church, 5144 Oak Street; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Congregation Kol Ami, 7501 Belinder, Prairie Village, Kan.; and a 4 p.m. matinee, Nov. 13, again at Congregation Kol Ami.
All performances are free, but donations are welcome. Visit www.kcmetroopera.com for more information.