Rekindle the experience of first love.
Massenet’s gentle love story has the dazzling American mezzo Ginger Costa-Jackson (Charlotte) breaking the heart of the shy poet played by Leonardo Capalbo (Werther).
Will Charlotte succumb to the ardent charms of Werther, her gentle charming lover? Or will she stick with Albert, her dashing betrothed? She suffers the agonies of the conflicted. His heart soars and plunges in despair.
Massenet’s heartrending score captures all this: their joys – shot through with an dark undertow.
Goethe wrote the novel The Sorrows of Young Werther when he was just 24 and it became an overnight sensation, read – and much copied – throughout European literary circles. Napoleon, carried a copy on his Egyptian campaign, and it inspired new fashions and even a perfume.
Alas, it also inspired self-harm and not only the novel was banned in Denmark and Leipzig, but also the distinctive blue suit and yellow waistcoat that Werther wore.
Saturday 17 June 5:15pm
Sunday 25 June 5:15pm
Thursday 29 June 5:45pm
Saturday 8 July 5:15pm
Wednesday 12 July 5:45pm
Prices: £80 - £270
Grange Park Opera
The Theatre in the Woods
West Horsley Place Surrey KT24 6AN
Sat 17 Jun, Sun 25 Jun, Thu 29 Jun, Sat 8 Jul, Wed 12 Jul