England Opera Presents Werther

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Opera North, England is planning a new production of Jules Massenet (1892) Werther for autumn 2009.

Accompanying this production is a series of free pre-show talks. Tickets for these must be booked in advance. For more information and to book click here.

Werther is a story of impossible love, binding promises and missed opportunities, based on the loosely autobiographical German novel The Sorrows of Young Werther, by Goethe.

Bringing the tragic love story to life is a thrilling cast, featuring the award-winning mezzo-soprano Alice Coote, who began her career with Opera North. This is her first British performance in this iconic role for a mezzo, at the peak of her international career. Outstanding lyric tenor Paul Nilon will join Alice on stage in the lead role.

Set in Germany, Werther is a passionate young poet who has fallen in love with Charlotte, the eldest daughter of a local family. Having made a promise to her dying mother, Charlotte is already betrothed to another man. Despite this, the young Werther cannot let go of his feelings for her, which sets the scene for this poignant tale of heartbreak and tragedy.

Bringing this lush and dramatic piece together is an exciting high profile ensemble, lead by prestigious stage director Tom Cairns, who has a background in design for theatre, film and TV and is joined by theatre designer Hildegard Bechtler and film and TV costume designer Amy Roberts. -- www.operanorth.co.uk

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