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Werther (Blu-ray) – Jonas Kaufmann

Item# 044007438268

Werther (Blu-ray) – Jonas Kaufmann
Composer: Jules Massenet
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Conductor: Michel Plasson
Jonas Kaufmann
Sophie Koch
Ludovic Tezier
Anne Catherine Gillet
Orchestra: Opéra National de Paris
Label: Decca

This Opera National de Paris production of Massenet's Werther features tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, with a supporting cast including Ludovic Tezier and Sophie Koch.

“Werther is portrayed by the tenor of the moment, Jonas Kaufmann. He brings to the part a sublime timbre, exceptional musicality, a very wide palette of tonal shadings and immaculate diction.”
– Le Monde

 “Jonas Kaufmann is an absolute dream of a Werther.” - Opera News


Jules Massenet's Werther

Massenet’s adaptation of Goethe’s landmark novel The Sorrows of Young Werther had its premiere in Vienna in 1892 in a German translation and was seen at Paris’s Opéra Comique the following year. The Met gave the first American performance on tour in Chicago in March 1894. Together with Manon and Thaïs, Werther remains the only of Massenet’s almost 40 operas to hold a permanent place in the repertoire. A new production, directed by Richard Eyre and starring Jonas Kaufmann and Sophie Koch, opens in the Met’s 2013–14 season.


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