Werther - Opéra National de Paris (2014) - Werther - Opéra National de Paris (2014)

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Original production by Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 2004

In Massenet's masterpiece, from the moment the moonlight idyll is revealed and then shattered, the tears never cease to flow. "My entire being weeps", says Werther. This is a far cry from the furtive tears or the violent sobbing usually associated with opera. These tears fall slowly and inexorably, one by one, in "patient drops", as Charlotte says: in four acts, they will accomplish their work. Charlotte cannot hold back her tears when she rereads Werther's letters and her tears are the only part of her, the only sacrifice that Werther dares to ask of her. She weeps before Sophie, her angel of consolation; her tears flow again on reading Ossian; they fall once more over Werther's blood-soaked body. These final tears he refuses, however, for he is now free and happy. Werther is a long requiem, a "lacrimose dies illa", truly a day of tears and, without doubt, the most personal of all Massenet's works. Roberto Alagna and Karine Deshayes portray the two unhappy lovers in the now legendary production by Benoît Jacquot, conducted by Michel Plasson.

More information is available on the operahouse's official website.

Schedule

January 19, 2014 14:30:00

January 22, 2014 19:30:00

January 25, 2014 19:30:00

January 29, 2014 19:30:00

February 02, 2014 14:30:00

February 05, 2014 19:30:00

February 09, 2014 14:30:00

February 12, 2014 19:30:00

Casting

Michel Plasson

Michel Plasson

Jean-Philippe Lafont

Luca Lombardo

Christian Tréguier

Roberto Alagna

Abdellah Lasri

Karine Deshayes

Jean-François Lapointe

Hélène Guilmette

Work's characters list

Conductor

Conductor

Le Bailli

Schmidt

Johann

Werther

Werther

Charlotte

Albert

Sophie

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