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Werther

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Duration: 3 h Intermissions: 1
Language: French Subtitles: Norwegian
Location: Grieghallen Ticket prices: 150-750 NOK
Premiere: 16. Mar 2019 Running period: 16 - 22/03

Werther's music counts as some of the most gorgeously romantic ever written.

See our critically acclaimed new production of Werther in live recording of 22 March 2019:

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"Pure pleasure" - Klassisk Musikk
"Warmly recommended" - Bergensavisen
"An elegant and floating production" - Bergens Tidende

While Massenet´s great opera ends in tragedy, the music must count as some of the most gorgeously romantic ever written. After a charming first scene where the Mayor and his children are rehearsing a Christmas carol, Werther appears.

A highly idealistic young man, he is charged with taking Charlotte, the eldest daughter to a ball, in the absence of her fiancée Albert. He is entranced; Charlotte is susceptible. Re-appearing after the marriage, Werther is consumed with passion, and Charlotte is deeply affected. The opera continues to its dramatic end, suffused with heart-rending arias, tension and drama.

Based on a Goethe story around an actual event – a passionate ilicit love for a married woman – BNO´s new production is directed and designed by the acclaimed Antony McDonald. The Lithuanian tenor Edgaras Montvidas sings the title role of Werther, a role regarded as one of the most poetic and expressive tenor roles in the French repertoire. Montvidas was in 2009 awarded the prestigeous Theatre Award ‘The Gold Cross of the Stage’ for his sensitive interpretation of the tragic poet. Cardiff Singer of the World 2017 competition winner Catriona Morison makes her Scandinavian debut as Charlotte.

"Who can sing Werther after Jonas Kaufmann and Diego Flórez? Edgaras Montvidas. The Lithuanian's sensitive interpretation of Goethe's tragic-romantic hero is carried out to perfection" - Diapason Magazine (May 2018)

"Edgaras Montvidas 'is' Werther" - Le Figaro (2018)

A new production by Bergen National Opera
Presented by Bergen National Opera and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Hear Edgaras Montvidas sing Werther's aria in concert with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra:

Hear Catriona Morison sing Werther! Qui m'aurait dit /Ces lettres! during BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition 2017, which she won.

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Werther Dies

Video: Werther by Massenet

Werther's music counts as some of the most gorgeously romantic ever written. Here you can see the live recording from 22 March 2019, with Edgaras Montvidas and Catriona Morison as Werther and Charlotte.

"Pure pleasure" - Klassisk Musikk
"Warmly recommended" - Bergensavisen
"An elegant and floating production" - Bergens Tidende

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How to make misery interesting

I´ve just been down in the rehearsal room where Massenet´s hero Werther has been dying since 10:00 this morning. The atmosphere is brisk and deeply practical.

Werther Nett

Werther - Synopsis

The deeply passionate young idealist and poet Werther meets an inexperienced young woman who is bound to her family by duty. She is engaged to Albert – decent, hard-working and steady – and she has promised her late mother to marry him. Werther becomes obsessed, and Charlotte begins a journey of self-discovery.

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16/03 Saturday 18.00
Grieghallen Free entrance
Free entrance
18/03 Monday 19.00
Grieghallen Free entrance
Free entrance
20/03 Wednesday 19.00
Grieghallen Free entrance
Free entrance
22/03 Friday 19.00
Grieghallen Free entrance
Free entrance