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Massenet: Werther

 
 
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Keith Ikaia-Purdy, Armin Kolarczyk, Silvia Hablowetz & others. Badische Staatskapelle. Daniel Carlberg, conductor.
Studio Arthaus Musik
Format DVD
Dimensions 7.4 x 5.3 x 0.5
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Worldwide  (What is DVD encoding?)
UPC 807280131796
Runtime/Release Date 2 hrs 20 mins/2008
Daedalus Item Code 58562
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Recorded live in 2007 from the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, this modern-dress version of Jules Massenet's 1887 opera centers on the anguish of the poet Werther (tenor Keith Ikaia-Purdy), who pines for Charlotte (soprano Silvia Hablowetz), the married woman he loves. In French, it is loosely based on Goethe's epistolary, somewhat autobiographical novel The Sorrows of Young Werther. Bass Tero Hannula sings the role of Charlotte's father, a bailiff, while soprano Ina Schlingensiepen portrays her younger sister, Sophie.

"Tannenbaum's concept works theatrically, largely due to the committed performance of Silvia Hablowetz as Charlotte…. [The] shabby, stylized 1960s sets make the bailiff's living room a dollhouse with garish wallpaper, where the children loll about on the floor, bored, while the bailiff just wants to have a beer and watch some TV. Tero Hannula brings an endearing Homer Simpson quality to this simple countryman, while Andreas Heideker and Mika Kares, as the drunken Schmidt and Johann, are a fine comic duo. Sophie is a sullen teenager in leg braces and crutches who lurks in dark corners and observes everything with a critical eye. The winning Ina Schlingensiepen boasts a beautiful, cultivated voice and an expressive face that makes Sophie both innocent and terrifying. Armin Kolarczyk is suitably rigid as Charlotte's uncomprehending husband, Albert. Kudos also to the children's chorus of the Helmholtz-Gymnasium."—Opera News

 
 
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