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Witness the tragic story of Werther, as Jules Massenet’s renowned opera is brought back to the Metropolitan Opera House stage. Led by a supremely talented cast, Werther is all set to enchant audiences just as it did on its premiere more than 125 years ago! Do not miss this touching tale about a poet’s doomed love for a married woman.

Why Watch Werther

Composed by Jules Massenet, a well-regarded figure in the fields of art, philosophy, and most of all, music, Werther is one of his few works that continue to be performed today. Considered to be amongst the finest works that depict desire and love that isn’t meant to be, Werther is based on Johan Wolfgang von Goethe’s novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther.

The opera has been critically acclaimed for the conflict between repression and expression that is wonderfully depicted in Massenet's score. The placement of these melodies is what sets it apart from the other operas of the generation. The intermezzo between Acts 3 and 4 is an incredibly riveting portrayal of emotion, and there is no doubt that you will feel the despair of the lead character.

Multiple Grammy award-winner and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato takes on the leading role in Werther. Having performed in numerous leading opera companies across the world, she is one of the most distinguished opera singers and is famous for her unique interpretations of Rossini, Handel and Mozart. Richard Eyre is in charge of production, and he wonderfully combines coherent storytelling with the grandness of the opera, making for a thoroughly entertaining evening at the Metropolitan Theatre House!

The Story

In the city of Wetzlar in Germany, Bailiff is still recovering from the death of his wife. He is rehearsing a Christmas carol with his young children, with the eldest daughter, Charlotte taking on the role of their mother. A young poet, by name of Werther, is set to take Charlotte to the ball that evening. Werther arrives at the home of Bailiff and watches as Charlotte leaves the young children in the hands of her 15-year old sister, Sophie. Bailiff joins his friends for some drinks at the inn, and Sophie is left home all alone. Albert, who is Charlotte’s fiance, returns after a long absence and discusses excitedly with Sophie about his impending marriage.

Meanwhile, Charlotte and Werther are entranced by each other and enjoy a wonderful evening at the ball. As he drops her home, Werther is in awe of Charlotte’s beauty and adoration to her family and declares his love for her. Just as they are about to kiss, Bailiff calls out to Charlotte that Albert is back. At once, Charlotte distances herself from Werther, telling him that she is promised to Albert and it was her dying mother’s last wish to see her married to him. She leaves a devastated Werther at her doorstep.

Will Werther marry the woman whom he loves? Will Charlotte heed to her heart or will she uphold her deceased mother’s last wish?

Good For

Opera Buffs | Lovers of Tragic Dramas | Fans of Jules Massenet

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Know Before You Go

Show Details

Show Timings

16th, 23rd and 31st March 2020 7:30 PM
20th March 2020 8:00 PM
28th March & 4th April 2020 1:00 PM

2 hours and 51 minutes, including one intermission

Leading Roles
Ying Fang/Erin Morley as Sophie
Joyce DiDonato as Charlotte
Piotr Beczala as Werther
Alan Opie as The Bailiff

Produced by
Sir Richard Eyre

Conducted by
Yannick Nezet-Seguin/J. David Jackson

Set Design
Rob Howell

Choreographed by
Sara Erde

Additional Information

Suitable for ages 8 and up.

Available Facilities
In-house Bar
Wheelchair Accessible
Coat Check

The MET Opera has a seating capacity of 3,800.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

Important Information
Photo and video recording are not allowed during the show.

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Strict Cancellation Policy

This experience cannot be cancelled, rescheduled, or amended.

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Theater Address

Metropolitan Opera House, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023, USA

Getting There

By Subway

Get off at 66 St - Lincoln Center Subway Station using lines 1 or 2. The Metropolitan Opera House is just a 5-minute walk from here.

By Bus

Get off at Broadway/W 64 St using buses M5 or M7 or at Broadway/W 63 St using bus M104. The theatre is located across the street to the left. Alternatively, get off at Amsterdam Av/W 62 St using bus M11. The theatre is located on the right.


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