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Opera on 3


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The poet Werther is gripped by an obsessive love for Charlotte, who has already decided to marry someone else. She eventually begins to reciprocate his feelings - but is it too late for them? Massenet's lyrical Goethe setting is given a new production by French film director Benoît Jacquot . Presented by Stephanie Hughes.
Royal Opera Chorus and Orchestra, conductor Antonio Pappano Actl
7.45 Interval: Opera Box
Stephanie Hughes talks to opera historian Sarah Lenton about the story of Werther, which not only inspired Massenet's opera but also started a fashion craze amongst the young men of 19th-century England. And
French music expert Roger Nicholls takes a closer look at Massenet himself.
8.10 Act 2
8.45 Interval: The Silence
Just what went on in Gothenburg? A short story by Julian Barnes , read by Ian McDiarmid.
9.10 Acts 3 and 4


Director: Benoît Jacquot
Presented By: Stephanie Hughes.
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Talks: Stephanie Hughes
Unknown: Sarah Lenton
Unknown: Roger Nicholls
Story By: Julian Barnes
Read By: Ian McDiarmid.
Werther: Marcelo Alvarez (tenor)
Charlotte: Ruxandra Donose (mezzo)
Albert: Ludovic Tezier (baritone)
Sophie: Sally Matthews (soprano)
The Bailli: Jonathan Veira (bass-Baritone)
Schmidt: Gilles Ragon (tenor)
Johann: Darren Jeffery (bass-Baritone)

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