The summer evening glows like velvet. As the sound of children's laughter ripples across the stage the lingering melodies of the prelude to Jules Massenet's Werther unfold. The music is, quite simply, ravishing, and the production, originally created by Elijah Moshinsky and Michael Yeargan, is visually stunning. Add to this the voices of Aldo Di Toro, Andrew Schroeder, Pamela Helen Stephen and Taryn Fiebig and you have a thing of great beauty.
It is the story of a passionate young man who falls in love with a fleeting moment in time: the instant he sets eyes on Charlotte, the eldest daughter in a large, happy family. Charlotte is already engaged to a fine young man, with no thoughts of leaving him, but Werther, wracked by the pains of young love, will not let go. Can life go on?
Opera Australia presents Aldo Di Toro and Pamela Helen Stephen in major role debuts as Werther and Charlotte, with American baritone Andrew Schroeder as Charlotte's husband Albert and Taryn Fiebig as Sophie. Richard Hickox conducts and Elke Neidhardt directs this fabulously French opera about a very German romance.7
Conductor: Richard Hickox
Director: Elijah Moshinsky
Revival Director: Elke Neidhardt
Set & Costume Designer: Michael Yeargan
Lighting Designer: Robert Bryan
Sophie: Taryn Fiebig
Charlotte: Pamela Helen Stephen
Werther: Aldo Di Toro
Schmidt: Stephen Smith
Albert: Andrew Schroeder
Le Bailli: Stephen Bennett
Johann: David Thelander
Opera Australia Children�s Chorus
Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra
Performed in French with surtitles
Running time: Two hours and fifty-five minutes including two 25 minute intervals.
02 9318 8200
Sydney Opera House
Sydney, New South Wales, 2000
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