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    Jules Massenet 

    French opera at its peak with the pairing of Benjamin Bernheim and Marina Viotti.

    Photos de Marina Viotti © Paul Zimmer, Benjamin Bernheim © Edouard Brane
    Marina Viotti © Paul Zimmer, Benjamin Bernheim © Edouard Brane

    NN | direction
    Christof Loy | staging 
    Johannes Leiacker | scenography 
    Robby Duiveman | costumes
    Roland Edrich | lights

    Benjamin Bernheim | Werther
    Marina Viotti | Charlotte
    Jean-Sébastien Bou | Albert
    Sandra Hamaoui | Sophie
    Marc Scoffoni | Le bailli
    Yuri Kissin | Johann
    Rodolphe Briand | Schmidt

    Les Siècles
    Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine | direction Gaël Darchen

    It will come as no surprise that the path of true love does not always run smooth in opera. When Goethe published The Sorrows of the Young Werther, the story of Charlotte and her suitor was so popular that it triggered a wave of what became known as “Werther fever”, leading young men to imitate the romantic hero and commit suicide. Over a century later, when French romanticism was in full swing, Massenet drew inspiration from this story of doomed love to create his major work. While exploiting all the potential of a large symphony orchestra, he creates an intimate and emotionally incisive atmosphere which is perhaps best illustrated by the wonderful aria “Pourquoi me réveiller, ô souffle du printemps…”, Massenet’s most heartstring-tugging operatic “hit”. Benjamin Bernheim and Marina Viotti will play the unfortunate lovers at this performance, surrounded by a cast of French singers familiar to avenue Montaigne audiences (Jean-Sébastien Bou, Marc Scoffoni, Rodolphe Briand) who will be joined by Sandra Hamaoui and Yuri Kissin.

    Coproduction Théâtre des Champs-Elysées | Teatro alla Scala
    Avec le soutien d’Aline Foriel-Destezet, Grand Mécène de la saison artistique du Théâtre des Champs-Elysées