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The Sorrows of Young Werther Bracelet

Item# 10065555


The Sorrows of Young Werther Bracelet

The Sorrows of Young Werther Bracelet is inspired by Massenet's retelling of Goethe's romantic tale. Werther, a sensitive young poet, finds himself unable to live without the woman he loves. He takes drastic action to cope with the pain of a love that can never be fulfilled.

Deep blue and purple beads evoke the poet's passion and sensitivity. Glass hearts reflect his love and glass leaves indicate his close connection with nature. A love letter charm represents the letters from Werther that Charlotte cannot bring herself to destroy. The tree charm is the Linden where Werther asks Charlotte to bury him. The heart charm with a negative space in its design is Werther's heart filled with pain and loss.
 

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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