Werther loves Charlotte, but she promised her mother on her deathbed that she would marry Albert. After the marriage Charlotte suggests that Werther should travel – but not forget her. Charlotte, unhappily married, has fallen in love with Werther through his letters. He returns unexpectedly; Charlotte sends him away. Werther shoots himself and dies in Charlotte’s arms.
‘Werther comes in a new production by Robert Chevara, designed by Lucy Hall. Paring props and stage business to the essentials has resulted in a direct, unfussy production that serves the opera well. Washing on a line sets the domestic tone of the first act in the mayor’s garden, while the drawing room from the claustrophobic third act is transformed with a few strokes of a Biedermeier interior. Paule Constable’s heavily shadowed lighting is superb here, as it is indeed throughout the show. Costumes of the period are well designed’.
Barry Millington, Evening Standard
English Touring Opera
By Jules Massenet
Director Robert Chevara
Conductor Martin Andre
Lighting Paule Constable
Movement Leah Hausman