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Jules Massenet

A masterly portrayal of poetic love.

Werther, the young poet. Charlotte, the woman he loves. And his best friend Albert, to whom she is engaged. Massenet transforms the triangle of Goethe’s hugely influential novel of impossible love into a hauntingly gentle and lyrical opera that sensitively traces the unfolding of a hopeless passion.

With a hauntingly exquisite score and full of romantic intrigue, Werther remains one of Massenet’s most popular operas and features a stellar cast. Rising star Italian tenor Paride Cataldo sings the title role. Irish mezzo-soprano Niamh O’Sullivan, who appeared in INO’s Olivier Award winning Bajazet, sings Charlotte, her voice praised as “bewitchingly beautiful” by Süddeutsche Zeitung. Completing the line-up are baritone Charles Rice as Albert, soprano Sarah Shine as Sophie, baritone Wyn Pencarreg as Le Bailli, tenor Eamonn Mulhall as Schmidt and baritone Owen Gilhooly-Miles as Johann.

Werther is conducted by Philipp Pointner and directed by Sophie Motley, with set and costume design by Sarah Jane Shiels.

Werther...In Focus, a free online introduction to the opera takes place on 20th April at 7pm. Booking details to be announced

Duration: 2 hours 20 mins, including the interval

Age: 15A / Trigger Warnings: Themes of an adult nature - unrequited love and suicide

Sung in French with English surtitles.

€30 / €27