Sara Krulwich/The New York Times
I am going to the encore when it comes on Feb 28 and on March 2nd. I only wish Glen and Janet had been there with us, wherever they were. I am sure my Mother was watching from heaven. I knew a number of the songs because my mother played that record so many times when I was young. "Vilya"..so reminds me of my childhood, being at home with my mother, Wyora.
Vilya oh Vilya
O witch of the wood
Would I not die for you, dear, if I could?
Vilya O Vilya my love and my bride
Softly and sadly he sighed.
Then I listened to a number of artists sing it on you Tube. Kimm Skota is unequaled in her version of it with Andre Rieu. I had never heard of either of them before.
Kimmy Skota...Vilya Song performing with Andre Rieu-Live
Then here is another version of the song.
Vilya oh vilya oh let me be true
My little life is a love song to you
Vilya oh vilya I've waited so long
Lonely with only a song
Neither of these versions were in the production of the Merry Widow which Moiya and I saw today. The words today were again different. I tried to learn them and I did and then I forgot them.
I am looking forward to the encore is Feb. 28 and March 2nd.
PS If you never tire of reading reviews, here is another from The New York Tines about this production.