(Lehár: The Merry Widow). Sop. The merry widow of the opera's title. She has been left a fortune by her late husband but, if she marries a foreigner, her fortune will be lost to her homeland of Pontevedro. She wants to marry an old flame, Count Danilo, but he refuses to be thought to be after her money. When learning that, on remarriage, she loses her fortune, he agrees to marry her. Once she is sure of him, she then admits that her money will pass to her new husband! Aria: Es lebt’ eine Vilja (‘There once lived a Vilja’—about the legendary nymph of the woods). Created (1905) by Mizzi Günther. See also article by Adèle Leigh.