Saturday, December 16, 2017

December 16, 2006: Werther in Munich

2006-12-16 Werther (Massenet), Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich

Werther = Marcelo Alvarez
Albert = Christopher Maltman
Le Bailli = Christoph Stephinger
Schmidt = Kevin Conners
Johann = Franz-Josef Kapellmann
Brühlmann = Marc Pujol
Charlotte = Sophie Koch
Sophie = Adriana Kucerova
Käthchen = Anaik Morel

Daniel Oren, conductor

Jules Massenet
Edouard Blau, Paul Milliet,
Georges Hartmann after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Conductor Daniel Oren
Production, Set, Lighting Concept
and Costumes Jürgen Rose
Production Staff Franziska Severin
Lighting Michael Bauer
Children Chorus Stellario Fagone
Dramaturgy Ingrid Zellner

Werther Marcelo Alvarez

The Bavarian State Orchestra

And then in the evening another Premiere with Marcelo Alvarez, in 2004 I was in Bayerische Staatsoper for the premiere of Romeo et Juliette... What can I say? Sophie Koch has a beautiful mezzo soprano voice and was wonderful as Charlotte. Marcelo Alvarez was a passionate Werther. The production that I had heard was wonderful, I did not like it. Luckily act 3 and 4 was great enough. Not that the production was bad, it was just not good enough, it made me yearn for the Vienna production which had better ideas. Sophie was in this production just a silly girl, I though we had evolved from that. Sophie is much better, more relevant if she is near Charlotte in age (almost said height) and light-hearted but not silly... The scenography, why update Werther, silly...

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