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Werther

By nivesw
Written March 16, 2014
Wonderful opera! Unfortunately, the sound stopped just as the hero was dying for about 10 minutes. Some kind of equipment failure at AMC, Webster, NY. I think Fandango owes us a refund. Sadly disappointed.
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Depressed, love-obsessed poet did not charm me

By Barry Freed
Written March 16, 2014
Despite splendid performances by the two principals, a reasonably restrained production with an unobtrusive "update" and some wonderful music, the plot of "Werther" is much too dreary for my taste and became, for me, a once-only opera. The emotionally overwrought doings here may have been hot stuff in Goethe's day but seem a bit much for our more sophisticated era. In his entre'act interview, even the magnificent Jonas Kaufmann ("Werther)" made jokes about his poor character's need for Freudian analysis and to "get a life." Destructive obsessions are not often entertaining. My apologies to those, including my wife, who loved it.
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Werther

By jacquelinelieberman
Written March 16, 2014
The Met in HD movie was wonderful until the last act when the sound failed and nothing was done to restore it. I have learned that this was true for all the theatres showing this HD performance. Something should have been done to restore the sound in a timely fashion or show the last act with the sound restored. I will think twice next season before buying tickets,. The audience at the movie was, obviously, not important enough to the Met organization for it to try to show the opera in its entirety with the sound.
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Massenet: Werther Metropolitan Opera in HD

By jimpjr6264
Written March 17, 2014
This was a beautiful performance. The new production from the Metropolitan Opera lived up to all that was promised. Janos Kaufmann's portrayal of a poet suffering for his art and love for Charlotte certainly was for the ages ,he knows the role and he sang magnificently getting the audience in the movie theater to applaud several times for his solo arias and duets with Sophie Koch. Sophie Koch was excellent as the conflicted Charlotte torn between her love for Werther and her loyalty to her Husband Albert. The conducting was top grade exoressing all the emotion of the opera and creating one melodic line from the first note to the dramatic climax at the end of the opera. An unfortunate computer crash lost some of the sound during the final duet of the lovers but all the drama seen and heard by all. This was a performance that shows why Massenet was so popular in his time.
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Werther MetHD Review

By lepolichetti
Written March 17, 2014
A great event with incredibly good performances all around was all but destroyed when the audio portion of the feed went SILENT for the last 8 minutes of the performance during the dramatic conclusion.
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