The lyrical drama Werther, based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s novel, remains Jules Massenet’s best known stage work to this day. Piotr Beczała in the title role “impresses with his bomb-proof technique, free high notes and intelligent interpretation. The tenoral highlight of the evening – “Pourquoi me reveiller” – shone with a palette of tonal colours and offered an ideal combination of power and emotion” ( Werther’s love Charlotte is sung by Gaëlle Arquez. Her “soulful mezzo is finely timbred, buzzing and blazing” (Wiener Zeitung). “Bertrand de Billy leads the orchestra thrillingly through this wonderful work, dramatic, then delicately lyrical, highly differentiated, full of sound.” (Kurier)

Additional Info

  • No: A04050153
  • Composer: Jules Massenet
  • Conductor: Bertrand de Billy
  • Orchestra: Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper
  • Artists: Piotr Beczala, Clemens Unterreiner, Hans Peter Kammerer, Gaelle Arquez
  • Production year: 2020
  • Run time: 02:07:00
  • Director: Stage Director: Andrei Serban
  • Producers: ORF III, Wiener Staatsoper, Ö1, UNITEL
  • Format: HDTV 16:9
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