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West Road Concert Hall11 West Road, Cambridge, East of England, CB3 9DP, United Kingdom
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Massenet, Jules (1842-1912)Werther (Arr Iain Farrington; sung in English)
English Touring Opera
Iain FarringtonConductor
Oliver PlattDirector
Oliver TownsendSet Designer
Ed BallardBaritoneWerther
Carolyn DobbinMezzo-sopranoCharlotte
Lauren ZolezziSopranoSophie
Simon Lasker WallfischBaritoneAlbert
Michael DruiettBaritoneLe Bailli
Jeff StewartTenorSchmidt
English Touring Opera Orchestra

Based on the great classic novel by Goethe that took Europe by storm, Werther is an entirely domestic story of an apparently idyllic middle class family, torn apart by uncontrollable passion. The opera is dominated by the handsome, over-sensitive young artist (played by emerging talent Ed Ballard, and sung in the special version for baritone prepared by the composer) and the lovely Charlotte (Carolyn Dobbin), who is engaged to be married to his friend Albert (Simon Wallfisch).

Rarely in opera is the destructive power of love felt so close to the bone – and rarely, too, has the innocence and sweetness of a young family at Christmas been so touchingly depicted. An opera for anyone who confesses to having a feeling or two, for those who are drawn to artists, to nature or to poetry, Werther is a veritable whirlwind.

Musically, ETO’s new version promises to be extraordinary. Iain Farrington is preparing an intimate arrangement for a salon ensemble that will be on stage, in the room with the singers.

New production, sung in English

English Touring Opera
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