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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?  

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

hope this helps


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

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

My apologies!


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.


I've been listening to opera since 1963 and have amassed a large collection of recorded opera during those years. My interest here spans the entire history of recorded opera, going back to its very earliest days.

I have published a couple of lengthy reviews and a tribute to Mario del Monaco in Immortal Performances, have had some letters appear in Fanfare and have several reviews on

B.A., University of Maryland 1973, M.A., University of Texas 1975, J.D., University of Houston 1998 (none of these degrees are in music).

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