24 hours with Rolando Villazón
Werther at the Lyon Opera House
If Rolando Villazón was a great Werther, it is not as a singer in Massenet’s opera in January 2010 that he proved himself. At the Opéra de Lyon, he signed his very first mise-en-scène in the opera that gave him an international reputation of which he is famous today – he was notably acclaimed in Nice in 2006, and then in the staging in Munich Jürgen Rose, played in March 2009 at the Opéra Bastille.
A year from the staging by Benoît Jacquot at the Opéra Bastille, Villazón provides a completely different vision of this lyrical drama inspired by Goethe’s novel. Assisted by Nola Rae, a clown and mime hailing from London, he introduces to the stage a colourful universe filled with birdcages. It is an almost infantile reinterpretation of the troubles of the hero, seen as simple adolescent brooding, thus de-sacralizing the story which lead to a wave of suicides when the novel first appeared – something that Goethe himself never understood.
With this documentary, you will have the chance to “cross through the mirror” with one of the greatest lyrical tenors in the world.
Duration : 34 min
Production date : 2011
Production : © Morgane / Groupe Morgane