About the production
- Run time: 2hrs 30min, 1 intermission
- Sung in: FRENCH
- Subtitles: English, German
- Opera house: Vienna State Opera
Dmitry Korchak sings the romantic title hero of Massenet’s operatic adaptation of Goethe’s classic epistolary novel. Julie Boulianne is Charlotte, the object of Werther’s passionate affection that will lead to tragedy. Maria Nazarova as Sophie, Charlotte’s younger sister, and Attila Mokus as Albert, Charlotte’s stern yet generous husband, co-star. Andrei Serban`s atmospheric production is conducted by Alejo Pérez.
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Vienna State Opera
How to get there:
Underground: U1, U4 to Karlsplatz
Trams: 1, 2, D, 62, 71 to Opernring
After the performance taxis will drive up to the main entrance
Conductor: Alejo Pérez
Werther: Dmitry Korchak
Albert: Attila Mokus
Le Bailli: Hans Peter Kammerer
Charlotte: Julie Boulianne
Sophie: Maria Nazarova
Jules Massenet (1842–1912) was the leading French composer of his time, noted for his operas, oratorios, ballets and songs. He entered the Paris Conservatoire at age 11, and in 1863 won France's top musical prize, the Prix de Rome. Massenet’s style lost popularity in the early 20th century, with only Manon and Werther maintaining a place in the international opera repertoire.
The libretto, provided by the team Édouard Blau (1836–1906), Paul Milliet (1855–1924), and Georges Hartmann (1843–1900), is loosely based on Goethe’s novel The sorrows of young Werther (1774).