The Audience reacts to Werther

Wednesday, 3 May, 2023
Werther The Audience Reacts

Critic and audience reactions to Massenet's Werther.

Werther is on nationwide tour from 22 April - 14 May 2023.

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“A production of haunting beauty” - Ian Patterson – Theatre News ★★★★
“Cataldo and O'Sullivan make you hang on their every word as they travel the road to catastrophe. As a result, when they eventually get there, they make your heart break a little, alongside Werther's and Charlotte's.” - The Irish Times –Michael Dungan ★★★★
““The small supporting cast is excellent, notably the soprano Sarah Shine, who nicely inhabits the contrasting and carefree light and innocence of Sophie, Charlotte's sister.” - The Irish Times –Michael Dungan ★★★★
“The skills and imagination of both women (Sophie Motley and Sarah Bacon), and of the lighting designer Sarah Jane Shiels, combine powerfully in the intense closing scene when a cone of light encases Werther and Charlotte within the surrounding darkness, illuminating their final embrace amid falling snow.” - The Irish Times –Michael Dungan ★★★★
“INO’s daring adaptation in Letterkenny’s An Grianán theatre underlines, the devil is in the detail. Even the barest bones of a plotline, in the right hands, can be elevated to extraordinary art.” - Ian Patterson – Theatre News ★★★★
“The orchestra, under the baton of Philipp Pointner, rises to the challenge, playing with notable physical zest in the fortissimo passages and with tremendous subtlety in the pianissimo moments—beautifully capturing the opera’s dramatic range. This is an orchestral score could stand handsomely on its own.” - Ian Patterson – Theatre News ★★★★
“O’Sullivan and Cataldo's exchanges fairly crackle with emotive electricity.” - Ian Patterson – Theatre News ★★★★