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Massenet
Werther

Goethe’s book, The Sorrows of Young Werther, first appeared in 1774, a powerful story of an impossible love which set off a wave of suicides across Europe. Authorities were horrified, but the emotions of the younger generation had been unleashed. Massenet’s opera captures all of the pathos and tragedy of Goethe’s story. Alfredo Kraus’s aristocratic but fervent singing conveys every nuance of Werther’s soul. The warm, feminine Régine Crespin is Charlotte, the duty-bound woman who returns his love but is ultimately unattainable.

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Performance Info

Performance Date
Feb 3, 1979
Composer
Jules Massenet
Librettist
Édouard Blau, Paul Milliet and Georges Hartmann
Run Time
2 HRS 12 MIN
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Cast & Creative
Conductor
Richard Bonynge
Sophie
Kathleen Battle
Charlotte
Régine Crespin
Werther
Alfredo Kraus
Albert
Lenus Carlson
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