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Werther is a breathtaking opera by Jules Massenet, in four acts. It was composed to a French libretto by the renowned Edouard Blau, Georges Hartmann and Paul Milliet. It is based upon The Sorrows of Young Werther, a German novel by Johann Wolfgang von Geothe. This was a novel based upon the life of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and other factual events of the time. It had already been used by two operas previously; first in 1792 by Rodolphe Kreutzer and then in 1802 by Vincenzo Pucitta. It is today one of the finest operas in existence, often staged by many an orchestra in concerts such as this one, for which Werther tickets are available.
Jules Massenet began composing Werther in 1885 and spent two years on it. A serious masterpiece, he first submitted it to Leon Carvalho, the director of the Paris Opera-Comique. He then began working on other operas, such as Esclarmonde, with this opera then being performed by the Vienna Opera after the massively successful Manon, also composed by Jules Massenet. The opera then premiered at Vienna's Imperial Theatre Hofoper in 1892, translated into German by Max Kalbeck. Later that year, the opera in French was performed at the Theatre Lyrique by the Paris Opera-Comique, located at the Place du Chatelet. The legendary Marie Delna played the role of Charlotte with Guillaume Ibos playing the lead role.
By the forties, Werther was performed more than one thousand times, becoming a solid part of the Opera-Comique's repertoire. It premiered in the US in 1894 at Chicago, performed by the Metropolitan Opera, who performed it in New York City three weeks later. In the UK, the opera also premiered in 1894, this time at the Covent Garden. This premiere saw Charlotte sung by Emma Eames, Sophie sung by Sigrid Arnoldson and Jean de Reszke as the main character. From then onwards, the opera has been performed many times all over the world, as well as recorded. Though written for a tenor, Jules Massenet also wrote a baritone role, for the Saint Petersburg production, which starred baritone Mattia Battistini.
The opera follows the main character entering into a romantic story of sorts, falling in love with Charlotte, who is already betrothed to someone else. The story kicks off, following a love triangle, Charlotte's marriage to someone else and the eventual climax. This is an engaging story, made more so by the opera. One of the first recordings of the opera was by French Columbia Records, with the Opera-Comique, as led by Elie Cohen, in 1931. By 1992, more than fourteen recordings of the opera had been recorded, with the 1931 recording by Opera-Comique still regarded as the best.
Recordings of this opera have been praised by the likes of Fanfare magazine, with some critics such as James Camner calling it 'one of the treasures of recorded opera', referring to the recording by Opera d'Oro. The greatest Italian and French singers have recorded arias from the works of Jules Massenet, chief amongst which is this particular opera. The latest recording of the opera was done in 2012, by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, led by Antonio Pappano. It featured Sophie Koch, Rolando Villazon, Eri Nakamura and Audun Iversen. It was released by Deutsche Grammophon.
Jules Massenet is a renowned French composer, best known for composing some of the best operas in the world today. Popular today, as he was during his time, he is regarded as one of the greatest melodists of all time.
Since the seventies, his operas have been regularly revived, with this opera, as well as Thais, Manon and Esclarmonde particularly famous. He learned how to play the piano from his mother, who was a piano teacher, growing so adept at it by the age of eleven that he became Adolphe-Francois Laurent's student. He also studied under Ambroise Thomas and Henri Reber. He rose to fame when he won the Grand Prix de Rome and his first opera, Marie-Magdeleine, was praised by the likes of Charles Gounod, Vincent d'Indy and the legendary Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. His are operas to see live with Werther tickets in hand.