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Opera

Werther

Jules Massenet

A famous production by Willy Decker

The National Theatre
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    February

    Sunday 16. 2.
    19:00

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    Basic information

    Venue

    The National Theatre

    Approximate running time

    2 hours 35 minutes, 1 intermission 20 minutes

    Language

    In French, Czech, English subtitles

    Premiere

    June 7, 2018

    J. W. Goethe’s poetry and prose have inspired numerous artists, including opera composers. The most accomplished adaptations of his works include French operas: Ambroise Thomas’s Mignon, Charles Gounod’s Faust and Jules Massenet’s Werther.

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    Creatives

    Musical preparation
    Petr Kofroň
    Staging conception
    Willy Decker
    Revival director
    Stefan Heinrichs
    Sets and Costumes
    Wolfgang Gussmann
    Dramaturgy
    Beno Blachut

    About

    National Theatre Orchestra 
    Members of the Prague Philharmonic Children's Choir, Choir master Jiří Chvála

    Soon after its publication, Goethe’s 1774 epistolary novel The Sorrows of Young Werther became a cult book, one in which the readers recognised themselves, with a number of them even taking the hero’s example and committing suicide. The work is a seminal text of the German proto-Romantic literary movement known as Sturm und Drang, whose adherents placed emphasis on human emotionality as the answer to the cool rationalism of the era of the Enlightenment. Linking up to his teacher Thomas and his colleague Gounod, Massenet’s compositional style is primarily noted for abundant distinct melody and colourful orchestration, inspired in part by Richard Wagner.

    His suggestible musical idiom serves to underline a story replete with passions, which the protagonists fail to satisfy. Massenet’s Werther, one of the most acclaimed French operas, is returning to the National Theatre in Prague almost 80 years after the previous production, performed from 1927 to 1939.

    The original premiere of the production took place on 14 January 1996 at the Het Muziektheater (Nederlandse Opera) in Amsterdam.

    Photo: Hana Smejkalová and Patrik Borecký

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