Sat March 15 at 16:55 NEW PRODUCTION
Composor: Jules Massenet
Conductor: Alain Altinoglu
Production: Richard Eyre
Set & Costume Designer: Rob Howell
Choreographer: Sara Erde
Cast: Jonas Kaufmann (Werther), Lisette Oropesa (Sophie), Elīna Garanča (Charlotte), David Bižić (Albert), Jonathan Summers (Le Bailli)
Director Richard Eyre returns to the Met with a new staging of Massenet’s tragic romance Werther, starring Jonas Kaufmann and Elīna Garanča in their first Met performances as the brooding poet Werther and his unattainable love, Charlotte. Lisette Oropesa sings the role of Sophie, Charlotte’s sister; David Bižić makes his Met debut as Charlotte’s fiancé, Albert; and Jonathan Summers is Charlotte’s father, Le Bailli. Alain Altinoglu conducts the first new Met production of the opera in more than forty years.
The production premieres on Feb 18th. In the meantime, here is a nice preview:
Jonas Kaufmann shows his sensitive side as Massenet’s suicidal poet by Paul J. Pelkonen
This new Metropolitan Opera production of Jules Massenet’s Werther continues the company’s fascination with this French composer, following recent new stagings of Thaïs and Manon. Massenet was an elegant craftsman whose gift for catchy melodies and lyric arias made him fall out of fashion a century ago.
Werther is an old-fashioned love story that ends in tragedy. It remains one of Massenet’s most enduring popular operas, a tour-de-force for a tenor with acting ability and a sweet, dulcet tone. The story is an adaptation of The Sorrows of Young Werther, a loose autobiographical novel by Goethe.
The title role will be played by star tenor Jonas Kaufmann, whose sensual good looks and rich voice are an excellent fit for the part of young Werther, the sensitive poet whose sorrowful romance with the beautiful Charlotte (Sophie Koch, a replacement for Elena Garanca) leads to heartbreak, depression, and suicide.
This new production (the Met’s first new staging of the opera in more than 40 years) is by Richard Eyre and Rob Howell, the same team that gave the Met its hugely successful 2009 production of Bizet’s Carmen. It features a strong international cast with Sophie Koch as Charlotte and soprano Lisette Oropesa in the key role of Sophie. Alain Altinoglu conducts.