Jules Massenet

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. The role of Charlotte will be sung by Ivana Srbljan.

Read synopsis.

See also the guest performances of Giulio Cesare.

To help you enjoy the performance without concerns and crowds, ourselves and our partners take safety extremely seriously and adhere to official guidelines. To ensure safe distancing, we are currently only selling half the seats for our performances.

All the summer 2020 ticket reservations have now been moved to summer 2022, and have been delivered to customers. Thank you for your patience! Read more here.


  • 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


  • Subtitles

    Finnish and English

  • Duration

    app. 3 hours, one interval


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