Massenet Opera Werther

Classical Music / Operas  

Werther is an opera (drama lyrique) in four acts by French composer Jules Massenet to a French libretto by Édouard Blau, Paul Milliet and Georges Hartmann (who used the pseudonym Henri Grémont). It is loosely based on the German novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Die Leiden des jungen Werther (English: The Sorrows of Young Werther), which was based both on fact and on Goethe's own early life. It was first performed in Vienna (in German), on February 16, 1892.

Ernest Van Dyck as Werther - NGO4p1142.jpg

The photo is that of Ernest van Dyck, the first singer in the title role, ca. 1892.

Below is a performance of Massenet's Werther with tenor Jonas Kauffman in the title role and Sophie Koch as Charlotte. Opera National de Paris, conducted by Michel Plasson.  Synopses of Werther from the Metropolitan Opera - Here.    

Image Credit: 

Ernest van Dyck. / Public Domain

Video Credit:

Massenet - Werther - Jonas Kaufmann. YouTube, uploaded by Raheem Rafia. Accessed February 16, 2018.



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