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Benoît Jacquot (stage director), Michel Plasson (conductor) — With Jonas Kaufmann (Werther), Sophie Koch (Charlotte)
In Massenet's masterpiece, based on Goethe's Sorrows of the Young Werther, tears never cease to flow from the very moment the moonlit set is revealed and closed. "My whole being cries at it" says Werther. We are a long way from opera's usual tears, be they furtive or violent. These tears flow slowly and inexorably, one by one. Patient tears as Charlotte puts it.