Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Werther from the ROH
Production: Benoît Jacquot (same as Paris)
Werther: Vittorio Grigòlo
Charlotte: Joyce DiDonato
It was interesting to me when the announcer explained that it took a long time for Massenet's Werther to become truly popular. Now it is the most frequently performed of Massenet's operas, passing Manon.
I am not going to write a long review. This is the same production as the one I saw in Paris. The music was French enough, but the acting was a bit over the top. I love Vittorio, but I don't feel that I want Werther to be quite so mad. Maybe I truly love this opera only when it is Jonas. I want him to be unhappy but not mad.
Christine Goerke wants to be sure that reviewers don't blame the actors for the acting. The director, Jacquot, must have approved it. Some will prefer it this way.