Notes & Reviews:
Hard on the heels of a triumphant Lohengrin, Decca follows up with an equally astonishing debut performance of Jonas Kaufmann: Goethe's love-lorn hero Werther in Massenet's romantic opera. His premiere appearance in the role, in Paris in January 2010, took the French operatic world by storm, his assumption being hailed by Le Monde: "Werther is portrayed by the tenor of the moment, the German Jonas Kaufmann. He brings to the part a sublime timbre (warm, at times "baritonal" and musky), exceptional musicality, a very wide palette of tonal shadings and immaculate diction. Add to that his histrionic gifts and matinee-idol appeal and you've got a cocktail of qualities that rarely all come together at the opera."
He was supported by a superb French cast, including Sophie Koch as Charlotte and Ludovic Tezier as Albert, with the venerable Michel Plasson giving an expansive, lyrical interpretation from the pit. Film director Benoit Jacquot's attractive, straight-forward production, first seen at the Royal Opera House in London, focuses successfully on the various personal dramas of the opera.
Le Monde, Paris
Werther is portrayed by the tenor of the moment, Jonas Kaufmann. He brings to the part a sublime timbre, exceptional musicality, a very wide palette of tonal shadings and immaculate diction.
This is Kaufmann's show. These days, it seems, he can do no wrong... the camera loves him, whether it catches him in silent meditation, in gentle reverie or in full cry, like a raging tiger.
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Works DetailsMassenet, Jules : Werther
- Performers: Ludovic Tézier (Baritone); Sophie Koch (Mezzo Soprano); Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
- Conductor: Michel Plasson
- Ensemble: Paris Opera Children's Chorus
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta