Acclaimed French filmmaker Benoît Jacquot (Farewell, My Queen) directs Massenet’s tragic opera, an exploration of the conflict between duty and our most passionate desires. Based on Goethe’s novel, the story follows the titular poet (tenor Vittorio Grigòlo), hopelessly in love with the already betrothed Charlotte (celebrated mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato singing the role for the first time). The music is full of lyrical beauty, passion and emotional fervour.
- Antonio Pappano
- Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
- Vittorio Grigòlo, Joyce DiDonato, David Bižić, Heather Engebretson
- Jules Massenet
- Benoît Jacquot
- Set Design
- Charles Edwards
- approx. 3h incl. 2 intervals
Sung in French, with English subtitles
4 stars. Exceptional. DiDonato and Grigòlo do not disappoint.Rupert Christiansen, THE TELEGRAPH (UK)
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The Royal Opera, under the direction of Antonio Pappano, is one of the world’s leading opera companies. Based in London’s iconic Royal Opera House (1858) in Covent Garden, it is renowned both for its outstanding performances of traditional opera and for commissioning new works by today’s leading opera composers, such as Harrison Birtwistle, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Thomas Adès.