Massenet’s tragic romantic opera ‘Werther’ arrives at the Met: Live in HD

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Jonas Kaufmann (left) plays the title role in Massenet’s “Werther”, alongside Sophie Koch as Charlotte. The opera will screen at the Met: Live in HD on March 15.

POTSDAM, NY (05/03/2014) (readMedia) – The stunning new Metropolitan Opera production of Jules Massenet’s grim romantic tragedy “Werther” will be shown in theaters worldwide via The Met: Live in HD Saturday, March 15.

The incomparable tenor Jonas Kaufmann plays the title role of the tortured poet, in Massenet’s sublime adaptation of Goethe’s revolutionary and tragic novel. French mezzo-soprano Sophie Koch makes her Met debut as Charlotte, the object of Werther’s unrequited love. The young rising maestro Alain Altinoglu conducts the opera.

The Wall Street Journal called the production a “tense drama of passion, obsession and pursuit.”

“Kaufmann, currently the most demanded, versatile and exciting tenor in opera (…) is ideal in this role. He sings with dark colors, melting warmth, manly intensity and powerful top notes”, the New York Times said. “French mezzo-soprano Sophie Koch … brings a soft, strong voice and painful vulnerability to Charlotte. Mr. Eyre’s production, while largely traditional, uses video imaginatively and has touches of imagery. modern. Mr. Eyre deserves full credit for the detail and implying performances he derives from his cast. “

Massenet’s “Werther” will be screened live from the Metropolitan Opera stage at 12:55 pm on Saturday March 15 at the Roxy Theater in Potsdam. There will be an encore screening at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday April 6.

The opera will be performed in French, with English subtitles. The approximate duration is three hours, including an intermission.

The 2013-14 season of The Met: Live in HD is sponsored in the North Country by SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music and JS Cinemas.

All productions will be broadcast live worldwide on Saturday. There will also be bis presentations offered locally on Sundays. Doors open half an hour before show time and there is immediate seating for advance ticket holders.

In The Met: Live in HD, robotic cameras, strategically placed around and behind the stage, capture the beauty and power of live performance from vivid angles and draw attention to both performance and production. English intervals and subtitles bring the stories to life.

Ticket prices are the lowest available in the country: $ 18 for adults, $ 15 for seniors, $ 12 for students and $ 9 for youth 18 and under.

Tickets are available by calling the Community Performance Series Box Office at (315) 267-2277, or by visiting the Roxy Theater or Northern Music & Video in downtown Potsdam or the CPS Box Office in the lobby of Sara M. Snell Music Theater. You can also book tickets online by visiting or

For more information on the 2013-14 season of The Met: Live in HD, visit the Metropolitan Opera website at

To learn more about SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music and its award-winning opera program, visit

Founded in 1886, SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music has a long heritage of excellence in musical education and performance. Life at Crane includes an incredible array of over 300 recitals, lectures and concerts presented by faculty, students and guests each year. The Crane School of Music is the only All-Steinway institution at the State University of New York.


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