Watch: Goethe's Werther, Streamed From Budapest's Opera House, 10 April

  • 3 Apr 2021 9:32 AM
Watch: Goethe's Werther, Streamed From Budapest's Opera House, 10 April
This lyrical drama in French, with Hungarian and English subtitles, has excellent reviews - such as, "János Szikora’s production can be regarded as an embodiment of the principle that “less is more” as he steers Goethe’s story with a sure hand but minimal invention to the end".

Goethe dashed out The Sorrows of Young Werther in all of six weeks. 

The novel, which relates, through a series of letters, the hopeless love of a young poet who chooses death to escape his torments, became an immediate best seller. 

At a stroke it both catapulted its author to fame and launched the Werther cult: women perfumed themselves with Eau de Werther, Werther attire was hawked to men, while a noticeable spike in suicides ensued across Germany.

With exquisite sensitivity, Jules Massenet found the musical and dramatic language to transform the German epistolary novel into one of the most heart-wrenching love stories in the operatic literature.

The performance can be seen on 10 April 2021, at 8:00 p.m. It is not accessible later. 

János Szikora

Cast includes: 
Arturo Chacón-Cruz, Zsolt Haja, Atala Schöck, Mária Celeng

Michel Plasson

Opera House, Budapest

This performance was recodred at the Hungarian State Opera House on the 6th of June 2017.


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