Jonas Kaufmann and Elina Garanca, two of the world’s leading opera singers, appear opposite each other for the first time at the Met in this tragic romance derived from Goethe’s classic novel. Kaufman is best known for his spinto tenor roles in such works as Carmen, Tosca and Don Carlos. Mezzo soprano Garanca made her breakthrough in Mozart’s Le Clemenza di Tito at the Salzburg Festival and debuted at the Met in 2008 in The Barber of Seville.
Werther is staged by acclaimed British director Richard Eyre (Notes on a Scandal, Iris) and designed by Rob Howell, who collaborated on the Met’s recent hit production of Carmen. Rising star Alain Altinoglu conducts.
The setting is a small German town where the widowed bailiff is teaching his children Christmas carols in July. His eldest daughter Charlotte is engaged to Albert, who is away. But the romantic, melancholic poet Werther falls in love with Charlotte when he escorts her out for the evening. Despite the adoration of the young poet, Charlotte marries Albert and Werther falls into despair. Charlotte is racked with guilt and uncertain of her own feelings until Werther threatens to kill himself and the opera reaches a shattering conclusion.
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Under Met General Manager Peter Gelb’s leadership, the 2013-14 line-up includes a startling new take on Rigoletto, beloved standards ranging from I Puritani to Der Rosenkavalier, the return of Tony winner Paolo Szot in the comic and absurd The Nose, and a new work from the 21st century, Nico Muhly’s Two Boys.
Sung in French with Met Titles in English, German, and Spanish
Two hours and 40 minutes (two intermissions)
The Grand Tier Restaurant at the Metropolitan Opera is now open two hours prior to curtain to all Lincoln Center ticket-holders for pre-curtain and intermission dining. Pre-scheduled intermission dining is available to ensure a quick return to the performance. The Revlon Bar offers light snacks including sandwiches, paninis, dessert, and a full-service bar. The Belmont Room is available for pre-performance dining and intermission cocktail service for Guild Members at the Donor level (or higher) and Met Patrons. Pre-curtain and intermission bars are located in Founders Hall and on the Orchestra, Parterre (Parterre Box ticket holders only), Grand Tier, and Family Circle levels. Snacks are available. A pre-curtain and intermission bar is available in the Board Room for the members of the Metropolitan Opera Patron Program. Food and beverages are not permitted in the auditorium. Seating capacity is 3,800 plus 175 standing room spaces.
Did you know?
Massenet completed Werther in 1887 and submitted it for production at the Paris Opera-Comique but it was considered too serious. The opera was finally premiered at the Vienna Opera in 1892 after the company had a great success with the composer’s Manon.
If you enjoy romances like Love Story, this is the perfect opera for you. The lush, rich score enfolds the audience in a tale of tragic love.
Good for kids?
This tragedy of blighted romance is not appropriate for young children.
The Metropolitan Opera House Location Information:
Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
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