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Jules Massenet

A drama of impossible love with an exacerbated romanticism, Massenet's opera captivates with its title role, here played by the amazing Sir Simon Keenlyside.

Simon Keenlyside
Simon Keenlyside © Uwe Arens
Stéphanie D'Oustrac
Stéphanie D'Oustrac © Perla Maarek
Daniele Rustioni
Daniele Rustioni © Blandine Soulage


Due to the curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., the hours of evening performances have been changed to allow you to return home more serenely.

In order to ensure the best possible seats for the exceptional circumstances we are going through, online booking is temporarily suspended for this concert. The Theater is at your disposal to process your seat requests by phone at 01 49 52 50 50 or at the Box office.

Sir Simon Keenlyside | Werther
Stéphanie d’Oustrac | Charlotte
Jean-Sébastien Bou | Albert
Florie Valiquette | Sophie
Marc Barrard | Le Bailli

Daniele Rustioni | direction
Opéra National de Lyon Orchestra and Maîtrise

Sung in French with French and English subtitles

To read

We have known it for a long time... Love stories in opera do not always end well. When Goethe published The Sorrows of Young Werther, the story of Charlotte and her suitor was so successful that it caused a real "Werther fever", causing the suicide of young people who would do anything to imitate their heroes. More than a century later, Massenet was inspired by the story of this impossible love and signed his major work. While using the resources of the great symphony orchestra, he created an intimate atmosphere, one of the highlights of which is the aria "Pourquoi me réveiller, ô souffle du printemps...", a veritable "hit" of Massenet's most sensitive opera. It is worth noting that the version presented here is for baritone, written ten years after the original version for tenor. By using a lower timbre, the title role changes colour and becomes darker, moving away from the model of the spirited young poet to highlight the torments of a grown man. Sir Simon Keenlyside, amazing Rigoletto here last season, takes up the challenge tonight.

COPRODUCTION Théâtre des Champs-Elysées / Opéra National de Lyon

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