Werther has escaped the city to concentrate on his painting. He finds himself in a rural idyll that offers all the inspiration he could ever desire, including a perfect muse in the local beauty Charlotte. But she is promised to another man, one who seems to be everything Werther is not. As Werther’s infatuation grows, he is driven to ask himself the ultimate question: what is life without her?
Director Pia Furtado sets this new production at the start of the 20th century, unveiling an intimate study of one man’s hopes and dreams as she tells the story from the perspective of the young Romantic, Werther himself. Through her trademark theatrical style, Furtado accentuates the heightened emotions of the piece, bringing to life a story that is a timeless testament to the destructive power of obsession.
Through a superlatively expressive score, Massenet reveals the magnetism of the tale which is based on the German epistolary novel The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe. Scottish Opera’s Music Director Francesco Corti, who will conduct The Orchestra of Scottish Opera said: ‘Massenet’s passionate music is intoxicating. He subtly conveys every possible emotion: from Charlotte’s tortured conflict to Werther’s unstable passion, melancholy and increasing hysteria.’
Linbury Prize winner Helen Goddard joins the production as designer, with lighting design in the hands of Oliver Fenwick. Hungarian mezzo Viktoria Vizin, renowned the world over for her Carmen, sings the role of Charlotte for the first time, and acclaimed American tenor Jonathan Boyd takes on the role of Werther. Up and coming soprano Anna Devin arrives fresh from the Royal Opera House’s Young Artists Programme to sing the role of Sophie. Baritones Roland Wood and Jonathan Best sing the roles of Albert and Le Bailli, respectively. And Scottish Opera veterans, Harry Nicoll and Jonathan May join the cast as Schmidt and Johann.
Cast Production Team
Charlotte Viktoria Vizin - Conductor Francesco Corti - Sophie Anna Devin - Director Pia Furtado
Werther Jonathan Boyd - Designer Helen Goddard - Albert Roland Wood - Lighting Desginer Oliver Fenwick - Le Bailli Jonathan Best - Schmidt Harry Nicoll - Johann Jonathan May
Theatre Royal, Glasgow
Fri 15 Feb 7.15pm
Sun 17 Feb 7.15pm*
Wed 20 Feb 7.15pm
Sat 23 Feb 4pm+
Tue 19 Feb 6pm
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
Tue 26 Feb 7.15pm
Thu 28 Feb 7.15pm+
Sat 2 Mar 7.15pm*
Wed 27 Feb 6pm