cracker phelps

By crackerphelps
Written March 16, 2014
This my first time to see this opera; I enjoyed very much. At first impression, I thought the set was a little austere . Soon however I came to enjoy it adaptability to the profession of the opera immensely. The lead performers, Charlotte, Werther and Sophie were great and readily drew me into the mood as it changed over time.
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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

By jmorton325
Written March 16, 2014
Outstanding performance. Singing superb. However, the last 10 minutes of the opera were mute, no sound at the Regal movie house in Naples, Florida. Very disappointing.
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What a Tenor!

By tpfitzpatrick
Written March 16, 2014
All of the performers in this version of Massenet's "Werther" were fantastic, but enough praise can't be given to the German tenor Jonas Kaufman's interpretation of the opera's main character. The set took a bit getting used to, but created an appropriate mood for each of the acts. Unfortunately, the sound died during the death scene which completely dissapated the dramatic buildup that the final act was creating. The sound only returned when the closing curtain dropped. I will try to hear Jonas Kaufman in every opera he appears in. He made the experience very worthwhile for both his voice and his excellent acting.
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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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