Lyrical drama based on the epistolary novel The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
in French with English and German surtitels
Werther loves Charlotte, but she has sworn to marry Albert. It remains open until the end whether she loves Werther, too. Werther throws himself into this (superficially) one-sided amour fou to the point of self-destruction, all the while trying to convince Charlotte that she is mistaken. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe "cured" himself with his novel of his own doomed love for the already engaged Charlotte Buff. And he gave an entire epoch an idol of passionate love to the point of suicide by his character Werther. In his opera of 1892, Jules Massenet went one step further with his idea of transgressive emotional emphasis. These days, Werther's dilemma does not actually sound like an insoluble problem. Nevertheless, Massenet’s composition with its merciless affects still proves a stress test for the relationship of an individual towards the orderly mass.
1892 in Wien
from grade 8
There will be an introduction 45 minutes before the performance at foyer I. floor.