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Corrected: Geneva’s “Merry Widow” operetta highlights humor

GENEVA (Reuters) – A new production in Geneva of “The Merry Widow” uses razor-sharp timing to bring out the humor, in a production so fresh it seems Franz Lehar’s operetta was written only yesterday. Lehar’s masterpiece premiered in 1905 in Vienna, in the twilight years of Emperor Franz Josef’s Austro-Hungarian empire, and rapidly became a world hit.

The tale of a small, peripheral European country tottering on the edge of bankruptcy, diplomatic leaks, and a political figure who prefers starlets and champagne to the serious business of statecraft has an undeniably contemporary feel.

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      "I write about world trade for Reuters and also lead our Geneva bureau covering international organisations based in Geneva. I spent many years in Eastern Europe, both before the Berlin Wall came down, and after 1989, when I covered the economic transition of the region. I also worked in Moscow from 1994 to 1998, where I set up Reuters domestic service for Russia and the CIS, and ran news operations in the Nordic and Baltic countries from 1998 to 2002 and Southeast Asia from 2002 to 2007."
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