PREVIEW: Werther @Royal Opera House

Joyce DiDonato and Vittorio Grigòlo will lead the cast in Benoît Jacquot’s production, which will appear at the Royal Opera House from the 19th June until the 13th July. 

This is the second revival of  Jacquot’s production of Massenet’s opera of love, duty and tragedy.

Werther loves Charlotte, but she promised her mother on her deathbed that she would marry Albert. After the marriage Charlotte suggests that Werther should travel – but not forget her.

Charlotte, unhappily married, has fallen in love with Werther through his letters. He returns unexpectedly; Charlotte sends him away. Werther shoots himself and dies in Charlotte’s arms.

The production will be conducted by Antonio Pappano and includes in the cast Serbian baritone David Bizic, American soprano Heather Engebretson, Australian baritone Jonathan Summers, Swiss tenor Frangois Piolino, Dutch baritone Rick Zwart and Jette Parker Young Artists Ukrainian baritone Yuriy Yurchuk and Australian mezzo-soprano Emily Edmonds.

Werther will also see Joyce DiDonato perform the role of Charlotee in a staged production for the first time, while Italian tenor Vittorio Grigòlo sings the title role in his first staged performances of the opera.

The production features set and lighting designs from Charles Edwards and costume design by Christian Gasc.

Werther will appear at the Royal Opera House from the 19th June until the 13th July. To book tickets visit:, Discount, Theatre Tickets, Love, Theatre and UK

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