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Jules Massenet: Werther, opera / Marcelo Alvarez, Elina Garanca, Adrian Erod, Ileana Tonca, Alfred Sramek. Phillippe Jordan,Vienna State Opera (live 2005) [Blu-ray]

Notes & Reviews:

Filmed at the Vienna State Opera in 2005, Andrei Serban's production of Massenet's opera with a late 18th century setting pushes the action forwards to the 1950's,with the visuals exemplifying that decade with precision.With as much delicacy on display as naked passion,his(Alverez)morbid poet is outstandingly realised both vocally and dramatically. Together with Erod's dour Albert and Ileana Tonca's Sophie-clearly in love with Werther herself-the drama is set out with unusual clarity and realism.Philippe Jordan ensures that Massenet's pent-up emotion explodes exactly on cue,its expressive power providing impossible to resist. Performance **** Picture and Sound***** --BBC Music Magazine, Sept 2010

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Run Time: 144 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.0, DTS 5.0
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian


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>Massenet, Jules : Werther
  • Performers: Marcelo Alvarez; Adrian Erod; Elina Garanca; Alfred Sramek; Ileana Tonca
  • Conductor: Phillippe Jordan
  • Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live