Jonas Kaufmann sings title tole in Massenet’s ‘Werther’
LAKE PLACID – The Lake Placid Center for the Arts continues the Metropolitan Live in HD Series with Massenet’s tragic romance “Werther” at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for LPCA Members, and $12 for students 18 and under. Tickets are available by calling the LPCA Box Office at 518-523-2512 or online at www.lakeplacidarts.org.
Tenor Jonas Kaufmann will star in the title role of the tortured poet in the Met’s new production of Massenet’s Werther. Richard Eyre, whose hit production of Bizet’s Carmen premiered at the Met in 2010, returns to direct the new staging, which will be conducted by Alain Altinoglu. French mezzo-soprano Sophie Koch will make her Met debut as Charlotte, the object of Werther’s unrequited love, in a cast that also includes Lisette Oropesa as Sophie, Serbian bass-baritone David Bii? in his Met debut as Albert, and Jonathan Summers as Le Bailli.
Jonas Kaufmann has sung the role of Werther to acclaim with Paris Opera in 2010 and with the Vienna State Opera in 2011, both times opposite Sophie Koch as Charlotte. In recent seasons at the Met, his starring roles have included the title characters in new productions of Wagner’s Parsifal and Gounod’s Faust and Siegmund in a new production of Wagner’s Die Walkre. He made his Met debut in 2006 as Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata. His subsequent roles with the company have included Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflte, Don Jos in Bizet’s Carmen, and Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca. Last season, Kaufmann became the first Met artist since Luciano Pavarotti to perform a solo recital on the Met stage.
Sophie Koch is one of the world’s leading interpreters of Charlotte, having sung the role with Paris Opera; the Vienna State Opera; Madrid’s Teatro Real; the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; and, last season, Lyric Opera of Chicago. Her other performances this season include Adriano in Wagner’s Rienzi at the Salzburg Festival; Octavian in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier at Vienna State Opera, the Salzburg Festival, and the Thtre des Champs-Elyses; Mre Marie in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmlites at Thtre des Champs-Elyses and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; and the Composer in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos at Vienna State Opera.