MAZEPPA by Tchaikovsky
"If it at first it seemed a little foolhardy to mount such a big work on a small scale, any doubts were quickly laid to rest right from the opening women's chorus. You could just sit back, forget the spectacle and concentrate on Tchaikovsky's luscious vocal writing."

Wayne Gooding, OPERA CANADA

2018 - 2019 SEASON


Comedy Unbound!
A Tribute to Stuart Hamilton
Sunday, October 21, 2018
2:30 pm


JULES MASSENET
Werther
Sunday, November 25, 2018
2:30 pm


FRANZ SCHUBERT
Fierabras
Sunday, February 3, 2019

2:30 pm


KURT WEILL
The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Saturday, March 30, 2019
8:00 pm
Sunday, March 31, 2019

2:30 pm

 

 

 
 

JULES MASSENET
WERTHER

Sunday, November 25, 2018— 2:30pm

A FRENCH opera with english surtitles

At the height of the romantic era, the impossible love of Goethe's tragic hero is pitted against an unforgiving social environment, inspiring a wealth of melodic splendour.

Featuring
Narmina Afandiyeva, Music Director and Pianist

Isabel Bayrakdarian
Matt Chittick
Brett Polegato
Holly Chaplin

SYNOPSIS

ACT I

In the 1780s, in a rural area of Germany, Wetzlar, Lord Chancellor's eldest daughter, Charlotte, takes care of her brothers and sisters since her mother died. One day of July, in the evening, Charlotte goes to a ball with Werther who is a young poet, because her fiance, Albert, has gone on a trip. Werther escorts her. And, he is impressed by her kindness in taking care of her brothers and sisters. On her way home, under the moon, Werther confesses his love. But, Charlotte tells him that she already has a fiance, and that her mother's wish was to marry Albert.

ACT II

Now, Charlotte marries Albert. In September, Werther is badly shaken up when seeing them. Charlotte's sister, Sophie, attempts to cheer him up. He ignores her. He shows his feeling to Charlotte, again. But, she tells him that he should go away till Christmas.

ACT III

On Christmas Eve, Werther suddenly appears in her house during Albert's absence. Charlotte pretends to be indifferent to him. Werther confesses his love again, by reading to her the poetry of Ossian, and he attempts to draw her close to him. But, she shakes him off, and goes to the next door. Werther despairs and leaves.

ACT IV

That night, Charlotte has an uneasy feeling, so she hurries to Werther's house. When she finds him, he has shot himself and is dying. She attempts to call for help, but he stops her. The two hug each other, and Charlotte finally recognizes her love for him. Werther breathes his last breath as he imagines her secretly visiting his grave.