Massenet's Werther

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Jules Massenet's Werther received its American premiere in Chicago, in 1894, and it returned for the first time in 34 years this past November. Based on Goethe’s youthful novel “The Sorrows of Young Werther,” the work was a major influence on the Romantic movement of the 19th century. It airs Saturday at 1 pm.

In this production, tenor Matthew Polenzani plays the lovesick title character; mezzo-soprano Sophie Koch is Charlotte, the woman he adores but who is already married to another man. Andrew Davis conducts.

Werther  Matthew Polenzani
Charlotte Sophie Koch
Sophie  Kiri Deonarine
Albert  Craig Verm
Bailiff  Philip Kraus

CONDUCTOR: Sir Andrew Davis
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Francisco Negrin