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Werther © Hana Smejkalová and Patrik Borecký

Massenet Werther

From 16 February TO 27 February 2020
Národní divadlo - Praha
Program

Massenet : Werther

2 h 35
Cast
  • Conductor
    Lukas Beikircher
    Petr Kofron
    Jan Bubák
  • Director
    Willy Decker
    Stefan Heinrichs
Details on the Performance

J. W. Goethe’s poetry and prose have inspired numerous artists, including opera composers. The most accomplished adaptations of his works include French operas: Ambroise Thomas’s Mignon, Charles Gounod’s Faust and Jules Massenet’s Werther.

Soon after its publication, Goethe’s 1774 epistolary novel The Sorrows of Young Werther became a cult book, one in which the readers recognised themselves, with a number of them even taking the hero’s example and committing suicide. The work is a seminal text of the German proto-Romantic literary movement known as Sturm und Drang, whose adherents placed emphasis on human emotionality as the answer to the cool rationalism of the era of the Enlightenment.

Linking up to his teacher Thomas and his colleague Gounod, Massenet’s compositional style is primarily noted for abundant distinct melody and colourful orchestration, inspired in part by Richard Wagner.

His suggestible musical idiom serves to underline a story replete with passions, which the protagonists fail to satisfy. Massenet’s Werther, one of the most acclaimed French operas, is returning to the National Theatre in Prague almost 80 years after the previous production, performed from 1927 to 1939.


The original premiere of the production took place on 14 January 1996 at the Het Muziektheater (Nederlandse Opera) in Amsterdam.

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Národní divadlo - Praha Location Národní 2 - 110 00 Praha République Tchèque

  • Venue's Capacity: 988

The Venue's History in few words …

The recommended dress code is evening casual, men are advised to wear long trousers and closed shoes and elegant dress for women.

 

With the Czech artistic renaissance of the nineteenth century, the need for a theatre specialized in the national repertoire was increasingly felt.

 

The Czechs first obtained the authorisation (not without some reserve on the part of the Austrian administration) to open a temporary theatre in 1862, under Smetana's direction.

 

A veritable National Theatre, the actual Národní divadlo was opened in 1881. Fire burnt it down during the same year; in 1883 a new theatre was inaugurated with the performance of LIBUSE, composed for the occasion by Smetana.

 

The same work was performed a century later, when the house reopened after restoration.

The theatre, which still today programmes an essentially Czech repertoire, of course premiered works by Dvorak, Janacek and Martinu.

Today it presents top class performances and productions of works by Czech and foreign composers.

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