Massenet - Werther (Blu-ray) | Accentus ACC10427

Massenet - Werther (Blu-ray)

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Label: Accentus

Cat No: ACC10427

Format: Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 6th April 2018

Contents

Artists

Juan Diego Florez
Anna Stephany
Melissa Petit
Audun Iversen
Cheyne Davidson
Martin Zysset
Kinderchor der Oper Zurich
Chor der Oper Zurich
Philharmonia Zurich

Conductor

Cornelius Meister

Works

Massenet, Jules

Werther

Artists

Juan Diego Florez
Anna Stephany
Melissa Petit
Audun Iversen
Cheyne Davidson
Martin Zysset
Kinderchor der Oper Zurich
Chor der Oper Zurich
Philharmonia Zurich

Conductor

Cornelius Meister

About

Forbidden love, wrongdoings and anguish: the Opernhaus Zürich ventures into late nineteenth-century French romanticism with Werther by Jules Massenet. A loose adaptation of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s epistolary novel 'The Sorrows of Young Werther', the opera is conducted by Germany’s Cornelius Meister. It tells the story of the impossible union of poet Werther to Charlotte, a woman of duty already promised to a wealthy businessman.

Goethe’s drama is echoed in Massenet’s score by emotionally wide-ranging vocal parts written on a grand scale. Juan Diego Flórez is undisputedly one of the best belcanto tenors of our times and embodies a tortured and nuanced Werther. 'It’s not a profane appearance of any singer – it is an epiphany!' gushes the Neue Zürcher Zeitung in a rave review. At Flórez’s side, Franco-British mezzo-soprano Anna Stéphany sang her role début as Charlotte. The one-room staging by Tatjana Gürbaca cleverly makes the social stranglehold of oppression tangible.

Recorded at the Opernhaus Zürich, April 2017

Cast:
- Werther: Juan Diego Flórez
- Charlotte: Anna Stéphany
- Sophie: Mélissa Petit
- Albert: Audun Iversen
- Le Bailli: Cheyne Davidson
- Schmidt: Martin Zysset

Stage director: Tatjana Gürbaca
Lighting design: Klaus Grünberg
Costume design: Silke Willrett
Dramaturgy: Claus Spahn

Picture Formats: NTSC 16:9, Full HD
Sound Formats: DTS HD Master Audio, PCM Stereo
Region Code: 0
Running Time: 137:36
Disc Format: BD 25
Subtitles: Original (French), German, English, Korean

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