• April - May 2023
  • Nationwide Tour


A masterly and nuanced portrayal of hopeless love.

Werther, the young poet. Charlotte, the woman he loves. And his best friend Albert, to whom she is engaged. Massenet transforms the triangle of Goethe’s hugely influential novel of impossible love into a hauntingly gentle and lyrical opera that sensitively traces the unfolding of a hopeless passion. So hopeless that, when Charlotte’s hot and cold feelings cause her to turn away from Werther yet again, tragedy can not be averted.

Sung in French with English surtitles.

Performed in a new orchestration by Richard Peirson.

Running time is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes including one interval.

Werther...In Focus, a free online introduction to the opera takes place on 20 April at 7pm. Booking details to be announced.

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“This piece has everything” - mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato
“all but steals the show” - BBC Music Magazine on Paride Cataldo

Cast and Creative Team

Werther Paride Cataldo
Charlotte Niamh O’Sullivan
Albert Charles Rice
Sophie Sarah Shine
Le Bailli Wyn Pencarreg
Schmidt Eamonn Mulhall
Johann Owen Gilhooly-Miles

Creative Team

Conductor Philipp Pointner
Director Sophie Motley
Set & Costume Designer Sarah Bacon
Lighting Designer Sarah Jane Shiels
Assistant Director Chris Kelly
Répétiteur Richard Peirson
Language Coach Caroline Moreau