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After a triumphant Lohengrin, Decca follows up with an equally astonishing debut performance of Jonas Kaufmann: Goethe's love-lorn hero Werther in Massenet's romantic opera. His premiere appearance in the role, in Paris in January 2010, took the French operatic world by storm, his assumption being hailed by Le Monde: "Werther is portrayed by the tenor of the moment, the German Jonas Kaufmann. He brings to the part a sublime timbre, exeptional musicality, a very wide palette of tonal shadings and immaculate
diction. Add to that his histrionic gifts and matinee-idol appeal and you've got a cocktail of qualities that rarely come together at the opera."
He was supported by a superb French cast, including Sophie Koch as Charlotte and Ludovic Tézier as Albert, with the venerable Michel Plasson giving an expansive, lyrical interpretation from the pit. Film director Benoît Jacquot’s attractive, straight-forward production, first seen at the Royal Opera House in London, focuses successfully on the various personal dramas of the opera.
Filmed in high definition widescreen by Idéale Audience, this Werther follows the extraordinary success of Kaufmann's Royal Opera Carmen and the recently-released Lohengrin from Munich.
Works on This Recording
Werther by Jules Massenet
Sophie Koch (Mezzo Soprano),
Ludovic Tézier (Baritone),
Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor),
Anne-Catherine Gillet (Soprano)
Paris Opera Children's Chorus,
Paris National Opera Orchestra
Written: 1892; France
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