Overview


Synopsis

The young, melancholic poet Werther falls madly in love with the married Charlotte, but she is betrothed to another man. He obsesses over her, writing her letters constantly. Charlotte tries to convince Werther to forget her and to move on and find another love, yet Werther refuses as he can only think of loving Charlotte. Although Charlotte urges Werther to leave for a few months and not see her to help him move on, Werther returns months later filled with an even greater passion for Charlotte. Upon his return her realizes that Charlotte does loves him, but fighting her feelings, she still refuses Werther. It is this final refusal that leads Werther to commit suicide, leaving Charlotte deeply depressed. Werther’s passionate love for Charlotte has been enrapturing audiences for centuries, and is consistently one of the most performed operas in the world each year.


Characters

Male

Lead

Tenor

Female

Lead

Mezzo-Soprano

Male

Supporting

Baritone



Show Information

Category
Number of Acts
4 Acts
First Produced
1892
Genres
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
1780s in wetzlar, near frankfurt, germany
Cast Size
Orchestra Size
Large
Ideal For
professional opera companies
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes young adult, late teen, mature adult, adult, child characters

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