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Uruguayan ballet readies debut of "The Merry Widow"

Montevideo, Jun 12 (efe-epa).- Starting June 28, Uruguay's National Ballet will bring the glamour of turn-of-the-20th-century Paris to this capital with "The Merry Widow," an operetta by Austro-Hungarian composer Franz Lehar choreographed by legendary Briton Ronald Hynd and directed by Spain's Igor Yebra.

"The stage design is spectacular and the costumes visually strike you from the first minute," Yebra told EFE, praising the production by South Africa's Joburg Ballet, in which Gustavo Carvalho and Maria Noel Riccetto are set to play the leading roles of Count Danilovitsch and widow Hanna Glawari, respectively.

The director - who played Count Danilovitsch with the Uruguayan ballet in 2012 - added that it has been "a treat" for the cast to work with Hynd.

During the press conference, the troupe told reporters that 60 percent of the available tickets have already been sold, adding that they doubt that the 2018 World Cup - where Uruguay is competing - will affect attendance.

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