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Work: Werther

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ComposerMassenet, Jules (1842-1912)
PeriodRomantic
Year1892
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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ZürichWerther

© Herwig Prammer
Massenet: Werther
Giedrė Šlekytė; Tatjana Gürbaca; Zurich Opera; Klaus Grünberg; Silke Willrett; Charles Castronovo; Stéphanie d'Oustrac

Frankfurt am MainWerther

Massenet: Werther
Takeshi Moriuchi; Willy Decker; Oper Frankfurt; Wolfgang Gussmann; Gérard Schneider; Gaëlle Arquez

LyonWerther (concert performance)

Massenet: Werther
Daniele Rustioni; Opéra de Lyon; Piero Pretti; Stéphanie d'Oustrac; Florie Valiquette; Jean-Sébastien Bou

ParisMassenet's WertherConcert performance

Massenet: Werther
Daniele Rustioni; Piero Pretti; Stéphanie d'Oustrac; Florie Valiquette; Jean-Sébastien Bou

ViennaWerther

Massenet: Werther
Bertrand de Billy; Andrei Serban; Vienna State Opera; Peter Pabst; Petra Reinhardt; Piotr Beczała; Gaëlle Arquez
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Massenet the arch-romantic: Werther returns to Covent Garden

Juan Diego Flórez (Werther) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
Edward Gardner brings out the Wagner influence in Massenet's opulent score, Juan Diego Flórez give a persuasive performance in the title role.
***11
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Intense role debut from Michael Fabiano as Werther in Sydney

Michael Fabiano (Werther) © Prudence Upton
The real triumph of Michael Fabiano's role debut as Werther lay in controlling the bold intensity of his voice in favour of a sweet and lower-key level of passion – a match for Massenet's frequent choice of the cello.
****1
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A dark update for Werther in Prague

Štěpánka Pučálková (Charlotte) and Peter Berger (Werther) © Patrik Borecký
Willy Decker's enduring production gets smart treatment in a handsome revival.
****1
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Provocation as part of the package

Juan Diego Flórez (Werther) and Anna Stéphany (Charlotte) © Herwig Prammer
Juan Diego Flórez stars as Goethe’s archetypal Romantic poet in Massenet's Werther in Zurich. 
****1
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Grigòlo energizes uneven Werther at the Met

Vittorio Grigòlo (Werther) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
From the moment he stepped on stage as our ill-fated title character, Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo seemed as if he may burst at the seams. 
***11
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