Werther: Jonas Kaufmann & Sophie Koch at the Met

I went to see this last night. *sigh*

Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of Massenet’s sublime adaptation of Goethe’s revolutionary and tragic romance, opposite Sophie Koch as Charlotte. The new production is directed and designed by Richard Eyre and Rob Howell, the same team that created the Met’s recent hit staging of Carmen. Rising young maestro Alain Altinoglu conducts.

For people who say writers can’t write quality work quickly, the program notes said that Goethe wrote The Sorrows of Young Werther in six weeks.

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