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An intimate Werther
Like some other reviewers, I also saw the 2014 Metropolitan Opera production of “Werther” (the HD broadcast to cinemas, bc I am far from NYC). Both productions starred Jonas Kaufmann as Werther and Sophie Koch as Charlotte. This was a much more intimate production. The scenery is minimal, but not too stark. I found it easier to focus on the music and the drama this time.
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Saw the Met HD Werther this year and was smitten by the story and by Mr. Kaufman-Lavish production. However this production is extremely touching and well done by both the female lead and Kaufman. I think I prefer it to the other in many ways. The set is pretty stark, costuming minimal which focuses on the story ad the singers presenting it. Bravo!
Werther by Massenet
Not being an avid fan of opera, I was taken by two aspects of the production. The first is that Jonas Kaufman is an excellent singer and actor-he really carries the story along almost by the sheer strength of his talent. Scenes shine when he’s in them, drag when he’s not. Secondly, the opera can drag in the beginning as characters and story line are being developed. Other parts of the opera can drag too. In all though, first class acting, singing, and music, especially in the final scenes.
Kaufmann and Koch Knock it out of the Park
Jonas Kaufmann and Sophie Koch also starred together in Werther at the Met. This video from France is also excellent and sometimes better. The Act One love scene is superb. Ms. Koch’s acting is that scene is first-rate. All of the secondary roles are filled very competently. Some of the off-stage moments with the principals are interesting in and of themselves, but interfere with the flow of the opera and the illusion that you are part of a tragic story.
The finest performance of Werther in my lifetime
This review is the same as the DVD review of the same performance. I own both because I like to listen on my Fire tablet with headphones. The sound quality is great. I adore this opera. And Kaufmann was BORN to play Werther. No one singing today could ever match him. Being German helps, I think. Goethe is integral to understanding the poetry of this drama. Massanet’s music has a quality which I find in Wagner. The long vocal lines require a heldentenor and we’ve got a fine one in Kaufmann. The rest of the cast do a wonderful job as well as that very gifted conductor. Kudos to all concerned.
I was very excited to see this on amazon prime! This production has some of the best singers today in it! I loved the opera itself and the traditional staging. The English subtitles were helpful as well. This was a multi camera shoot with shots from the cat walk and stage right and left. You also get to see a little of the backstage during scene changes and between acts. Overall really glad I took the time to watch it!
With subtitles in English
Exquisite performances by Kaufman (Werther), Koch (Charlotte), and Gillett (Sophie). Wonderful singing throughout. Orchestration (Plasson) was memorable as well. Activities in the wings captured on camera could be distracting, but quite tolerable for those curious about the goings-on backstage.
Beautifully Sung and Staged
A real delight! This is one of the most beautiful operas in the standard repertory to terms of music and singing. The staging is simple but effective. Kaufmann’s singing Is particularly noteworthy. Essentially the same cast as the more elaborate Met HD version
Great production! Well sung and acted. This was my first time watching Werther and I think it was a great intro to its story. I think Jonas Kaufmann did excellent as did the rest of the cast.
The miraculous Mr. Kaufmann
Incredibly moving performance by Jonas Kaufmann, whose miraculous voice and presence is perfect for the Romantic, tragic soul of Werther.