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Massenet
Werther

Werther is one of the iconic figures in literature, an innocent young man who feels nature deeply and loves unreservedly. In Massenet’s alluring operatic version, Alfredo Kraus magnificently captures every nuance of this complex character—his aristocratic bearing and pure soul, his anguish that the only woman he can love is promised to another man, and finally the despair that leads to his suicide. Frederica von Stade sings Charlotte, the woman who returns Werther’s feelings but honors her promise to someone else. Dawn Upshaw is a sparkling Sophie, Charlotte’s younger sister.

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Performance Info

Performance Date
Apr 16, 1988
Composer
Jules Massenet
Librettist
Édouard Blau
Run Time
2 HRS 13 MIN
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Cast & Creative
Conductor
Jean Fournet
Sophie
Dawn Upshaw
Charlotte
Frederica von Stade
Werther
Alfredo Kraus
Albert
Richard Stilwell
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