Massenet, Werther - Teatro La Fenice


Massenet, Werther

L’ardua impresa di tradurre musicalmente le angosce del personaggio di Goethe
La Fenice Opera House
La Fenice Opera House
The origin of this opera, Werther is Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s famous novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther, which is based on a true story. The first half is based on Goethe himself, and the second half is based on his friend’s life.
In the latter 18th century, this novel was the most popular book, and 100 years later, Massenet composed this opera based on this novel. Jules Emile Frederic Massenet is one of the most important composers of French operas. He has a special technique for creating beautiful music. He can compose sweet melodies and harmonies. His beautiful music suits Goethe’s love story. I recommend you watch this opera, if you want to enjoy beautiful music in operas.
The Tenor who sings Werther needs not only a high voice but also to express delicate moments. Werther’s aria in Act 3, “Pourquoi me reveiller? (Why do you wake me now?)” has very beautiful melodies. Charlotte is sung not by a Soprano but by a Mezzo Soprano. I think that Massenet cherishes her kindness in taking care of her brothers and sisters, so he composed Charlotte as Mezzo Soprano.





Conductor: Guillaume Tourniaire
Director: Rosetta Cucchi
Sets: Tiziano Santi
Costumes: Claudia Pernigotti
Lighting: Daniele Naldi

Tuesday 29, January 2019

Sébastien Guèze
replaces Piero Pretti in the role of Werther


Jean-François Borras (25, 27)
Sébastien Guèze (29)
Piero Pretti (31/1)
Charlotte  Sonia Ganassi
Albert  Simon Schnorr
Le Bailli  Armando Gabba
Schmidt  Cristian Collia
Johann  William Corrò

Sophie Pauline Rouillard

Safa Korkmaz (25, 29/1, 2/2)
Salvatore Scribano (27, 31/1)
Simona Forni (25, 29/1, 2/2)
Paola Rossi (27, 31/1)

Soloists from Kolbe Children’s Choir

Chorus Master Alessandro Toffolo
Hans Tommaso Dall’Ava; Gretel ⎮ Elisa Casadei; Karl ⎮ Umberto Lisiola;
Clara  Chiara Cattelan; Max ⎮ Matteo Crudu; Fritz ⎮ Marco Cattelan;
Friends  Anastasia Bregantin, Alessandra Mauro, Anna Scarpa, Marta Susanetti



Bologna Theater production


Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice

Friday 25th of January 2019

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