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Act 1 of Massenet's Opera 'WERTHER'


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Cast Le Balli Narcon and the Chorus and Orchestra of the Opera-Comique, conducted, by Elie Cohen
The libretto of Massenet's opera Werther is founded on Goethe s famous romantic novel. The action is almost wholly in the hands ot three people-Charlotte, her cousin
Werther, and Albert. When the first Act opens Charlotte is preparing to go to a ball, while her father is teaching the younger children to sing a Christmas carol. Charlotte, in her ball dress, gives the little ones their evening bread-and-butter, as she has always done. Werther is also invited to the ball, and she greets him on his entrance with a friendly kiss. When they have left for the ball, Albert comes in. He has been away from home tor six months, and wonders whether in his absence Charlotte has ceased to care for him. Sophie, one of the younger children, reassures him; Charlotte is still faithful to him. Later, when Werther escorts Charlotte home from the ball, he declares his love for her, and it is then that her father tells her the news of Albert's s return. Charlotte tells Werther that before her mother died she had promised to marry Albert, and that she must keep her promise.


Conducted By: Elie Cohen
Charlotte: Ninon Vallin
Sophie: Germain Feraldy
Werther: Georges Thill
Albert: Marcel Rocque
: Johann Guénot
Schmidt: Niel

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Act 1 of Massenet's Opera 'WERTHER'

Regional Programme London, 19 June 1937 10.45

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