Jules Massenet

Our quest, the Croatian National Theatre Ivan Pl. Zajc Rijeka, will bring a real gem to Savonlinna. Jules Massenet’s Werther is a delicate, lyrical opera that simmers with late 19th century sensuality.

The team behind the production is sure to impress. Director Fabrizio Melano devoured opera librettos since he was 10 years of age, abandoned his university career for opera, worked for New York’s Metropolitan Opera for 30 seasons and has directed singers from Callas to Scotto and Pavarotti. (Not to mention that he founded the Japanese restaurant Cho Cho San in Manhattan, which was famed for its Puccini sushi.) He delivers a slick and minimalist interpretation of Werther.

The director Melano has discovered Slovenian Aljaž Farasin for the role of Werther. The role of Charlotte will be sung by Ivana Srbljan.

See also the guest performances of Giulio Cesare.

The Opera Festival has been postponed to summer 2021 due to the coronavirus epidemic. This summer’s programme will be performed in Olavinlinna in one year’s time. If you have bought or reserved a ticket for summer 2020, don’t worry. Your reservation has been moved to next year. Read more here.


  • Director and set designer

    Fabrizio Melano

  • Conductor

    Kalle Kuusava

  • Costume designer

    Manuela Paladin Šabanović

  • Lighting designer

    Dalibor Fugošić

  • Set design assistant

    Carry Lee Hent

  • Children's choir coach

    Leena Astikainen

  • Rijeka Symphony Orchestra
    Savonlinna Opera Festival Children’s Choir

  • Language


  • Subtitles

    Finnish and English

  • Duration

    3 hrs, incl. one interval


Aljaž Farasin
Ivana Srbljan
Domen Križaj
Vanja Zelčić
Luka Ortar
Le Bailli
Dario Bercich
Marko Fortunato
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