Massenet's Werther

Tatjana Gürbaca (stage director), Cornelius Meister (conductor) – With Juan Diego Flórez (Werther), Anna Stephany (Charlotte)...

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Tatjana Gürbaca — Stage director
Klaus Grünberg — Stage design
Silke Willrett — Costume designer
Juan Diego Flórez — Werther
Anna Stéphany — Charlotte
Audun Iversen — Albert
Mélissa Petit — Sophie
Kinderchor und SoprAlti der Oper Zürich
Ernst Raffelsberger — Chorus director
Philharmonia Zürich
Cornelius Meister

Program notes

Every detail of Massenet’s chef d’œuvre—a sort of Eugene Onegin “à la française”—is perfectly in place in Tatjana Gürbaca’s 2018 Werther: its naiveté (Act 1’s scenes of childhood), humor (Charlotte’s making fun of the elderly ladies she visits in Act 2), romanticism (settings of moonlight and stormy nights), and intense melancholy (Charlotte’s profound despair at Werther’s tomb). 

Taking cues from Massenet’s nuanced score, Gürbaca sets the opera’s action in a parlor resembling the interior of a small wooden box: a real-life cabinet of curiosities, with the bare minimum of props (a clock, a cupboard, shelves, a trunk) leaving the central area of the stage empty to be occasionally traversed by a moonbeam, the arriving light of dawn, or falling snowflakes… The space is filled by Juan Diego Flórez’s Werther, whose sunny voice and magnetic presence complement Anna Stéphany’s blossoming Charlotte, maturing from a timid girl into a woman of staggering humanity.

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Venue: Zürich Opera House (Zurich, Switzerland)
Production date: 2018
Duration: 2 h 15 min
Production: © Accentus Music
Available subtitle(s): EN, FR, KO, De
Resolution: Full HD