Massenet's Werther

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Saturday, June 01, 2013

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.

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

CONDUCTOR: Sir Andrew Davis
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Francisco Negrin
LYRIC OPERA ORCHESTRA

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Comments [4]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

Today's [ MET OPERA broadcast Saturday March 15, 2014 ] cast with Jonas Kaufmann as Werther and Sophie Koch as Charlotte is ideal. Kaufmann is GREAT AS A SINGER AND ACTOR and looks right for the romantic roles in opera. Koch in her own right is right up there. Werther s an opera that proffers so very much to actors and singers. I am a Wagnerian romantischer heldentenor . I will sing the four song cycles that are most often performed in their orchestral garb:the complete Wagner's "Wesendonck Lieder," the complete Mahler's "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen," the tenor's music in Mahler's "Das Lied von der Erde" and Waldemar's music in Schoenberg's "Gurre-Lieder" at the New Life Expo at the Hotel Pennsylvania in NYC on Saturday March 22nd at 6 PM in the Gold Room on the second floor. I have sung four three-hour-long solo concerts, the last two ALL-WAGNER concerts, in the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall including programming the Wagner and the first named Mahler song cycle. One may hear my singing LIVE from the main hall, the Isaac Stern Auditorium of CARNEGIE HALL, from my four three-hour-long solo concerts by downloading, FREE, 37 out of the nearly 100 selections that I have sung there by going to RECORDED SELECTIONS on my websites www.WagnerOpera.com, www.ShakespeareOpera.com and www.RichardWagnerMusicDramaInstitute.com Roles represented from live performances are Otello, Siegfried, Goetterdaemmerung Siegfried, Florestan, Tristan, Parsifal, Siegmund, Walther von Stolzing, Rienzi, Lohengrin,Orfeo, Federico and, in oratorio, Judas Maccabaeus.

Mar. 15 2014 03:46 PM
Leslie from Belfast, ME

I wish I had known about this before now, 10:00 pm. NO computer access for two days. I could have listened while driving home for 4 hours. It would have helped the drive.

Jun. 01 2013 10:04 PM
Jeff Haller from Miami, Florida

I have never much cared for this opera but haven't given up. I am listening to the broadcast today and finding a lot I like. But the bottom line is that the character's are not terribly sympathetic. They have mental problems more than love problems. They are pathetic not tragic figures. It is hard to understand their motivations. We mever really learn enough about them as people so it is hard to weep at the end. This is probably the reason teh opera is offered less often than so many others. Yeah, that is too bad because we need a variety in stories as well as music, but for many of us, it doesn't come together with this one.

Jun. 01 2013 02:14 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

This opera boasts one of the most beautiful tenor arias ever written. Lovely music in this one and it is not given often enough.

Jun. 01 2013 07:45 AM

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