- 3 Apr 2021 9:32 AM
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.
Arturo Chacón-Cruz, Zsolt Haja, Atala Schöck, Mária Celeng
Opera House, Budapest
This performance was recodred at the Hungarian State Opera House on the 6th of June 2017.