Saturday, 15 February 2014

Werther (opera)

Massenet's Werther is the Met Opera live on screen broadcast for March and this is an opera that I had not even heard of prior to researching this post. That's one thing I'm loving about blogging - it doesn't matter how much I think I've learned, each new discovery opens many more new doors!

Werther was composed in the late 1880s and its first performance was in Geneva in 1893. A Paris opera company had previously turned the tale of doomed love down for being too serious. Jonas Kaufmann will star in the title role of Werther opposite Sophie Koch as Charlotte. The new production is directed and designed by Richard Eyre and Rob Howell, the same team that created the Met's recent hit staging of Carmen, and rising young maestro Alain Altinoglu conducts. 

While her fiance, Albert, is away. Charlotte allows Werther to accompany her to a ball. When they arrive home late in the evening, Albert has returned, much to Werther's dismay as he has now fallen in love with Charlotte too. Albert and Charlotte marry leaving Werther so upset that he considers suicide. Later, Werther discovers that Charlotte did love him as well but married Albert to fulfill a promise to her dying mother. The couple meet briefly. Charlotte sends Werther away and he borrows a pistol from Albert. Charlotte rushes to save him from himself but she is too late.

Cineworld, Sat 15th Mar, 16:55.
Tickets £17.90, £14.20 concessions, available online, by calling 0871 200 2000, or in person from the foyer.