Joyce DiDonato stars as Charlotte in Sir Richard Eyre’s arresting production of Massenet’s Werther at the Metropolitan Opera on March 16, 20, 23, 28, 31, and April 4. One of Massenet’s most enduringly popular works, this unmissable production will be conducted by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Tenor Piotr Beczała stars as the title role, alongside Ms. DiDonato’s Charlotte, the object of Werther’s misguided affections. Erin Morley and Ying Fang share the role of Sophie, as well as Etienne Dupuis and Joshua Hopkins as Albert, and Alan Opie as Bailiff. DiDonato made her highly acclaimed debut as Charlotte at the Royal Opera House in 2016. Of her performance, New Statesman lauded:
“DiDonato’s Charlotte was always going to be fascinating. How would a singer of such energy, such an active force on stage, tackle a character whose defining characteristic is not doing – not kissing Werther (until too later), not defying her mother’s wishes, not allowing herself to feel or act on her desires? Taking all that energy and pushing it inwards, DiDonato gives us a Charlotte with a complicated inner life – outwardly quiet and self-possessed, but only at a cost.”
The performances of Werther scheduled for March 16, 20, 23, 28, and 31 have been canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the recommendations of our city, state, and federal elected officials. Click here to learn more.
Photo credit: Bill Cooper / Royal Opera House