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"Werther", scored by Jules Massenet (Author - Goethe)

By kk061112
Written March 16, 2014
Have enjoyed all the MetOpera HD presentations. Had no familiarity with this story or this particular Massenet opera before attending. Music, staging, lighting, scenery, costuming superb. Jonas Kauffman as Werther provided such a palpable, wrenching and glorious vocal interpretation of his character, that it would take one's breath away.
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Werther

By NKOLEG
Written March 16, 2014
The opera was superb. Kaufman who sing Werther is on the top of his form. The music is divine. But during the last the most beautiful duet the sound vanished. It was so disappointing. I understand that it was technical glitch. But everybody were upset.
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Werther

By smcgreal
Written March 16, 2014
The last 10 minutes of this wonderful tragic shown on "Live in HD" from the Metropolitan Opera were silent. Maybe something went wrong with the feed? It was so disappointing. If there is a repeat on Wednesday, I hope this will be remedied.
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HD failure

By ezrimd
Written March 16, 2014
This is a superb production and cast. Very strong lyrical performance by Jonas Kaufman,demonstrating why he is one of the finest sought-after tenors today. The Met HD system lost sound in the final 5-6 minutes, which caused the audience to be quite upset, since it was a one-time, live performance.
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"Werther" HD broadcast from the Met Opera

By EvaRubinstein
Written March 16, 2014
Jonas Kaufmann was absolutely wonderful, both singing and acting, although I wish he had protested against the ankle-length black coat he wore up until the very last scene! He even wears it in the usually not shown ball scene. Sophie Koch has a lovely voice, but in closeups a bit long in the tooth. Costumes were unimaginative. Act I set was fussy, unnecessary little bridges going nowhere, which remained on stage during brief ball scene (?). Act III, in Albert's house, was really odd. Charlotte is in a nightgown with a sort of caftan over it, reading Werther's letters, which she strews all over the room; no one notices them, or the rest of the letters stuffed into a permanently left-open desk drawer. When were all the meetings, poetry-readings, translations, harpsichord-playing Werther and Charlotte refer to supposed to have occurred? During the first three months of her marriage to Albert? Was he constantly visiting? I would go hear Jonas Kaufmann sing the telephone directory..
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