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Werther - Opera at the Sydney Opera House

Witness the passionate story of Werther, a hopeless romantic in this magnificent opera show. However, such love can blossom into a perilous obsession when his love remains unrequited. Enjoy this heartfelt story delivered in the most remarkable fashion with touching music and drama.

Why You Should Watch Werther

An incredible novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther, written by Goethe took the world by storm when it was released in the 18th century. It moved men with such passion that it caused them to cry their pain and bottle the tears in little vials of glass. They then carried them around to showcase the gravity of their emotions to the rest of the world. These men donned the iconic apparel of poets, and several lovesick ones even followed in the path of Werther, choosing death over a life devoid of love.

This is the supreme romantic opera of Werther’s story, that has its emotion and drama further embellished by Massenet’s hauntingly beautiful score. The show perfectly features the French composer’s ability to instill deep feelings through his music. Werther requires a tenor with immense talent who can master the musical virtuosity and the range of psychology to do the role justice. This coveted role is played by the rising star performer, Michael Fabiano. He is famous for his performances that are highly passionate and character-driven. You will watch him debut as Wether, the troubled poet, in this opera show. He is accompanied by the equally talented mezzo-soprano Elena Maximova, who plays the role of Charlotte, and Carlo Montanaro, the conductor.

The Story

The story revolves around Werther, a man who loves like no other. Filled with zeal and intensity, his love is just like that of a poet. This young man has had his heart enthralled by the beautiful Charlotte, and he will go to any length to win her love. However, the young lass is engaged to another man and is both dignified and honorable. She chooses to fulfill her duty to the other man, instead of reciprocating Werther’s love. This leaves Werther devastated and overwhelmed with anguish. Follow the story of Werther and Charlotte in this beautiful show, as they battle with feelings that are about to throw their lives out of order.

Good for

Fans of Romantic Stories | Opera Lovers

Critics Reviews

“But that singing is sublime, injected with real passion from two international singers of class. And sitting at home would mean you miss this tender, rarely performed score, dripping in a rarely cloying romanticism by French composer Jules Massenet. ”
– The Daily Review

Cancellation policy

These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

Show Details

Show Timings

26th Feb-11th March 7:30 PM

2 hours, 50 minutes including two intervals.

Leading Roles
Michael Fabiano as Werther
Elena Maximova as Charlotte
Stacey Alleaume as Sophie
Luke Gabbedy as Albert

Elijah Moshinsky

Carlo Montanaro

Additional Information

Suitable for ages 8 and up. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Available Facilities
In-house bar
Wheelchair accessible

The Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House has a seating capacity of 1,507.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out Overture Dining in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre.

You will receive an email confirmation along with your mobile voucher shortly. Your tickets will be available at the Box Office of the Sydney Opera House about one hour before the performance. You will need to display a photo ID to collect your tickets.

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