Notes & Reviews:
Originally released on DVD in October 2010, Werther is the first in a series of new Blu-Rays Decca will be transferring from DVD during 2014. Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of Massenet's sublime adaptation of Goethe's revolutionary and tragic romance, opposite Sophie Koch as Charlotte. The original DVD received a host of outstanding international reviews:
"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." - Le Monde, Paris
"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." - Opera News
"Jonas Kaufmann an absolute dream of a Werther." - The Daily Telegraph (UK)
Gramophone Magazine, February 2011
Kaufmann's singing...is rich and often extremely beautiful...[Koch] is a touching and dignified Charlotte...the playing is thoughtful and intense, and every care is taken over detail.
The Telegraph, 2nd December 2011
[on DVD] it comes beautifully to life, with Sophie Koch's Charlotte much more involving in close-up than she was at a distance and Jonas Kaufmann an absolute dream of a Werther. Their scorching Act 3 duet will simply blow your head off.
BBC Music Magazine, May 2014 *****
Soulful eyes, charismatic, a heartfelt voice: Kaufmann makes a perfect Werther, and Koch is a worthy partner in Benoit Jacques's staging. The only blot is the camera's visits backstage.
Run Time: 161 min.
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio 5.0
Subtitles: English, German, French
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Works DetailsMassenet, Jules : Werther
- Performers: Jonas Kaufmann; Sophie Koch; Ludovic Tezier
- Conductor: Michel Plasson
- Ensemble: Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Studio/Live: Live