Werther by Jules Massenet

Saturday 20th August, 2022

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Eric Fennell Werther (replacing Amar Mucchala)
Carolyn Holt Charlotte
Christopher Nairne Albert
Graeme Danby Le Balli
Ami Hewitt Sophie
Conor Prendiville Schmidt
Owen Gilhooly-Miles Johann

Alexandra Cravero Conductor
Vivian J Coates Director
Niall McKeever Scenographer
John Gallagher Lighting Designer

Massenet’s operatic masterpiece is the emotionally charged tale of hopeless passion and impossible love, told through a magnificent lyrical score. A gem of the French repertoire, this opera is rarely seen in Ireland, and is a Lyric Opera Premiere.

In WERTHER Massenet created an evocative and romantic opera which looks deep into the soul of the tortured hero, Werther, as he struggles with his love for the beautiful Charlotte. Dramatically orchestrated, the overwhelming influence of nature unleashed and turmoil within is on every page of this extraordinary lyrical score.

A stellar cast of Irish and international talent takes the stage for this dramatic new production by Vivian J. Coates.

International lyric tenor Eric Fennell has firmly established himself as a new force in the world of opera. Known for his dominant stage presence and sympathetic acting, he is sure to impress as Werther. He is joined by sensational Irish mezzo soprano Carolyn Holt singing the emotionally torn Charlotte. Rising young Scottish baritone Christopher Nairne makes his Irish debut in the role of Albert, and Irish soprano Ami Hewitt sings the effervescent young Sophie. English bass Graeme Danby returns to the Irish stage in the role of La Balli. Completing the cast are Irish singers Conor Prendiville and Owen Gilhooly-Miles.

Massenet based Werther on Goethe’s revolutionary 1774 novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther, in which an obsessive poet chases a love he cannot have... and cannot forget. Charlotte, who is trapped in a loveless marriage to Albert sends Werther away on several occasions. She, too, is infatuated and absorbed with the treasured letters she receives from him – the one she truly loves. Werther’s final dismissal by Charlotte on Christmas Eve leads to the a tragic act which is imprinted on her soul forever.

Presented by Lyric Opera Ireland

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