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Werther

Jan. 27-  Feb. 10, 2023

She loves him not

The lovesick yearnings of the tortured young poet Werther lead to his tragic fate in Massenet’s lush opera, which returns to HGO for the first time in 40 years with this production from French director Benoît Jacquot, making his HGO debut. After Werther escorts the lovely Charlotte to a ball, he falls hopelessly in love with her, but she is engaged to Albert, with no intention of breaking things off. Unable to conceive of life without her, Werther grows ever more despondent as he continues his attempts to woo the object of his affections, who doesn’t love him back—or does she? Matthew Polenzani, one of the world’s most distinguished tenors, leads the cast as Werther in his long-anticipated Houston debut. With mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, an international star and winner of three Grammy awards, debuting alongside, and world-renowned conductor Robert Spano taking the podium, audiences won’t want to miss this chance to see a cast of legends perform a rare psychological drama. 

A co-production of Opera de Paris and Royal Opera House.

  • Price Range
    $20 - $210
  • Age
    Appropriate for all ages.
  • Running Time
    2 Hours 52 Minutes. Includes 2 intermissions.
  • Language
    Sung in French with projected English translation.

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Cast & Creative

Cast
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Matthew Polenzani

Werther

Ileonard Pc Michael Thomas

Isabel Leonard

Charlotte

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Sean Michael Plumb

Albert

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Jasmine Habersham

Sophie

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Patrick Carfizzi 

The Bailiff

Ricardo Garcia BW (2)
Ricardo Garcia

Schmidt

Cory Mcgee BW
Cory McGee

Johann

Emily Treigle BW
Emily Treigle

Käthchen

Luke Sutliff BW
Luke Sutliff

Brühlmann

Creative Team
Robert Spano BW

Robert Spano 

Conductor

Benoît  Jacquot

Director

Charles Edwards 

Set and Original Lighting Designer

Christian Gasc

Costume Designer

Michael James Clark

Associate Lighting Designer

Adam Noble Crop
Adam Noble

Intimacy / Fight Director

Karen Reeves 

Children Preparation

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Children's Chorus

A moment with the Maestro

HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers

HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers

“Werther is a wonder of the repertoire that is experienced too rarely. This great lyrical opera could have no better cast in the world than tenor Matthew Polenzani and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, who will bring these dynamic characters to vivid life.”

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