Sunday, November 29, 2015
Fantasy cast for Werther
Werther: Jonas Kaufmann
Charlotte: Elīna Garanča
Sophie: Lisette Oropesa
Albert: Ludovic Tézier
This is a reaction to seeing a film from Vienna with Garanča and Matthew Polenzani. Matthew is very romantic but occasionally loses control of the phrase.
The production is very dark, too dark for a computer screen. The costumes are 50s and there are beds in most of the scenes. The Albert is nasty and mean. The final scene begins with Werther already shot. Albert looms in the background, leaving the impression that he may have shot Werther.
Elina is incredible. I think I begin to love this opera.