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Toni wrote at 2010-01-26 10:04:11
I assume your father is referring to the "Vilja-Lied," an aria from Lehar's operetta "Die lustige Witwe" (The Merry Widow).  


Felicity wrote at 2010-01-27 09:11:09
"Velia" is not an opera, but an aria from Lehar's "The Merry Widow".  It is spelled VILJA, and the aria is generally known as the VILJA-LIED.  


Fjola wrote at 2010-07-04 18:34:18
Hi Shirley!



Could it be that the song you're looking for is Vilia not Velia from Die Lustige Witwe by Lehar?



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BymOIZuwnGE&feature=related  


Sal wrote at 2011-08-07 18:56:55
Check out Vilia the Witch of the Wood from the Merry Widow, composer Franz Lehar.


Karen wrote at 2012-02-13 22:53:44
I typed in Vilja Janette Macdonald and this was the link from you tube, its from a opera



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbzpG-i4y1o



hope this helps

karen


RB wrote at 2012-02-19 15:19:47
It's Velja NOT Velia, and it's from The Merry Widow.


JOHN wrote at 2012-03-05 11:43:34
Velia is a ballad from, I believe, "The Beggar's Opera"


JOHN wrote at 2012-03-05 11:47:33
CORRECTION!

I should have said that Velia is a song from "The Merry Widow" and NOT "The Beggar's Opera".



My apologies!





John


Spirit wrote at 2012-11-24 17:47:08
Try The Merry Widow - (Jeanette MacDonald sings Vilia 1934. Try YouTube


hannah wrote at 2013-04-09 19:10:26
Hi, the song velia, as in 'Velia oh velia the witch of the wood, would I not die for you dear? If I could' ?? If so I know the story and history of this song. :)


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I have a special affinity for Italian opera, but I also have a lot of experience with French and German opera. I know somewhat less about opera from countries other than these, although there are some exceptions. My main area of interest is the period 1775-1925, although there are a few baroque and modern works that I love.

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