Irish National Opera presents: Massenet – Werther
Tue 25 Apr, 8pm, €30/€27/€15 (student)
“Irish National Opera sends us home exhilarated.” – The Irish Times
A masterly and nuanced portrayal of hopeless love. Werther, the young poet. Charlotte, the woman he loves. And his best friend Albert, to whom she is engaged.
Massenet transforms the triangle of Goethe’s hugely influential novel of impossible love into a hauntingly gentle and lyrical opera that sensitively traces the unfolding of a hopeless passion. So hopeless that, when Charlotte’s hot and cold feelings cause her to turn away from Werther yet again, tragedy cannot be averted. Italian tenor Paride Cataldo sings the title role, with Cork mezzo-soprano Niamh O’Sullivan, who starred in INO’s Olivier Award winning production of Bajazet (2022), as Charlotte. Full cast includes baritone Charles Riceas Albert, soprano Sarah Shine as Sophie and baritone Wyn Pencarreg as LeBailli, with tenor Eamonn Mulhall as Schmidt and baritone Owen Gilhooly-Milesas Johann. Philipp Pointner conducts the Irish National Opera orchestra.
Directed by Sophie Motley. ‘Werther’ is sung in French with English surtitles.