Werther

Jules Massenet

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Our guest, 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.

Read synopsis.

See also the guest performances of Giulio Cesare.

Team

  • Conductor

    Kalle Kuusava

  • Director and set designer

    Fabrizio Melano

  • Costume designer

    Manuela Paladin Šabanović

  • Lighting designer

    Dalibor Fugošić

  • Children's choir coach

    Leena Astikainen

  • Rijeka Symphony Orchestra

  • Savonlinna Opera Festival Children’s Choir

  • Language

    French

  • Subtitles

    Finnish and English

  • Duration

    app. 3 hours, one interval

Cast

Catriona Morison
Charlotte
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Marija Kuhar Šoša
Sophie
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Aljaž Farasin
Werther
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Leon Košavić
Albert
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Giorgio Surian
Le Bailli
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Marko Fortunato
Schmidt
Luka Ortar
Johann
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