My Favorite Opera: Massenet's Werther with Alfredo Kraus

A documentary by Bernhard Sinkel

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Paolo Trevisi — Stage director

Ferruccio Villagrossi — Stage design

Alfredo Kraus — Werther

Ileana Cotrubas — Charlotte

Elsa Saque — Sophie

Jorge Vaz de Carvalho — Albert

José de Freitas — Bailio

Chorus and orchestra of the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos

Gianpaolo Sanzogno — Conductor

Program notes

In this superb documentary by Bernhard Sinkel, we have the opportunity to watch as one of opera's most beloved works comes to life courtesy of the late, great Spanish tenor Alfredo Kraus. Go behind the scenes at Teatro São Carlos in Lisbon as the magic of Massenet’s Werther is revealed! Come discover the many secrets of this timeless opera—inspired by Goethe’s novel—with some of the greatest operatic personalities of all time.

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