Massenet's 'Werther' From the Salzburg Festival
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Massenet's "Werther" might be considered his "other opera." His "Manon" is more famous, but "Werther" is beginning to get the wider attention it surely deserves. Based on a trendsetting novel by Goethe, the opera is the story of a man whose lost love leads him to the ultimate act of desperation.
On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents "Werther" in a production from the Salzburg Festival. Tenor Piotr Beczala stars in the title role, alongside soprano Angela Gheorghiu as Charlotte.
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Werther: Piotr Beczala (tenor)
Charlotte: Angela Gheorghiu (soprano)
Sophie: Elana Tsallagova (soprano)
Albert: Daniel Schmutzhard (baritone)
Le Bailli: Giorgio Surian (baritone)
Schmidt: Martin Zysset (tenor)
Johann: Ruben Drole (baritone)
Salzburg Festival and Theatre Children’s Chorus
Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Alejo Pérez, conductor