Entertainment Weekly

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

Werther

Posted on

Werther

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Georges Thill, Ninon Vallin
Producers:
Angel
genre:
Classical

We gave it a B+

Werther, Massenet’s oh-so-French setting of Goethe’s ach-so-Deutsch novel, has long been the guiltiest of my guilty pleasures. Yes, < I know that Massenet is considered the Andrew Lloyd Webber of his day, a schlock tunesmith and audience manipulator. But I don't care. Poor dumb, doomed Werther's hopeless crush on Charlotte is one of Romanticism's great love stories, and Massenet responded to it with his finest, most affecting score. The French vocal style has all but vanished now, but Thill and Vallin remind audiences of how it used to be done in a performance that mixes pathos and passion in equal parts. And one can understand every word, too.

Comments