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Fri. March 13, 2015, 7 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. Vienna

Jules Massenet


Conductor: Frédéric Chaslin | Director: Andrei Serban | With: Jean-François Borras, Ludovic Tézier, Angela Gheorghiu

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Frédéric Chaslin | Conductor

The conductor, pianist, composer and author Frédéric Chaslin was born in Paris and received his training at the conservatoire of his hometown as well as the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In 1989 he began his career as the assistant of Daniel Barenboim in Paris and at the Bayreuther Festspielen. In 1991, he became the assistant to Pierre Boulez with the Ensemble Intercontemporain. Frédéric Chaslin gave his international debut as a conductor in 1993 at the Bregenz Festival. He was then the musical director at the Opera in Rouen. From 1999 to 2002, he was the chief conductor of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. In 2002 he gave his debut at the New York Metropolitan Opera. His performances have led him, among others to Berlin, Munich, Leipzig, Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, Venice, Paris, London, Los Angeles and Tokyo. He gave his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 1997 and directed a large number of performances, like Il bar­biere di Siviglia, La Bohème, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, L’elisir d’amore, Guillaume Tell, Lucia di Lammermoor, Macbeth, Tosca, La traviata, I puritani, Roberto Devereux, Stiffelio, Mefistofele, Werther and La Juive.



Jean-François Borras | Werther

JEAN-FRANÇOIS BORRAS first studied in Monaco and then perfected his voice under Michèle Command and Gabriel Bacquier.
His first engagements led him as Alfredo to Mannheim, as Edgardo to Graz, as Des Grieux in Rome and Valencia, as Herzog in Rouen Genoa and Athens, as Roméo in Trieste Verona and Genoa, and as Rodolfo in Trieste and Graz. Since 2007, he sings at the most important international stages, among others in the Opéra Bastille, the ROH Covent Garden and the New York Met. His future obligations include Lakmé in Toulon, Bohème, Werther and Thaïs at the Met, Lucia di Lammermoor in Avignon and Manon in Mote Carlo.

He will give his debut in the Wiener Staatsoper in 2014/2015 as Des Grieux.


Ludovic Tézier | Albert

After his debut in Lucerne, LUDOVIC TÉZIER came to the Opera Lyon. Initially he sang important roles in Mozart operas (for example Conte d´Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and the title role in Don Giovanni) and Belcanto roles (for example Belcore in

L’elisir d’amore and Malatesta in Don Pasquale), later Marcello (La Bohème) and Ford (Falstaff). Very soon engagements at opera houses such as the New York Metropolitan Opera, the Paris Opera, La Scala in Milan, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, in Toulouse, Marseille, Monte Carlo, Aix-en-Provence, Bilbao, Turin, at the Salzburger Festspiele followed. Apart from the roles mentioned above, he was also very successful as Renato (Un ballo in maschera), Gorgio Germont, Jeletzki, in the leading role of Eugen Onegin, as Posa, Hamlet, Wolfram, Valen­tin, Werther (in der Baritonfassung), Alphonse XI (La Favorite), Don Carlo (Forza del destino), Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Escamillo, Valdeburgo (La Straniera). He made his debut at the Wiener Staats­oper in 2005 as Conte d’Almaviva and has also sung Wolfram, Werther (baritone version), Posa (Don Carlos French and Italian), Escamillo here.


Angela Gheorghiu | Charlotte

ANGELA GHEORGHIU is among the most renowned singers of her fach. She was born in Rumania, visited the music school in Bucharest and continued studying there at the music university. She made her international debut in 1992 at the ROH Covent Garden in La Bohème. That same year debuts at the Met and the Wiener Staatsoper followed, in 1994 she sang her first Traviata in London. Since then she has been a sought-after guest on the most important opera and concert stages in New York, London, Paris, Salzburg, Berlin, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Prague, Montreal, Moscow, Taipei. Angela Gheorghiu, who has published a large number of highly distinguished recordings, has received several important awards (Female Artist of the Year 2001 and 2010, Medaille Vermeille de la Ville de Paris, Officier de l´Ordre des Arts et Lettres, Chevalie de l´Ordre des Arts et Lettres, Doctor Honoris Causa of the art university Iasi. She has sung Mimi, Adina, Nannette, Marguerite, Violetta at the Wiener Staatsoper.

Daniela Fally | Sophie

Born in lower austria, soprano Daniela Fally completed her vocal training at the Wiener Musikuniversität after having previously completed theater studies, musical studies and private acting classes. Since the 2009/2010 season, she is an ensemble member of the Wiener Staatsoper, after having been an ensemble member at the Wiener Volksoper for four years. Guest engagements include among others, at the Salzburger Festspielen, the Bregenzer Festspielen, the Opern­festspielen Munich (Zerbinetta 2011 and 2013), at the Bayri­sche Staatsoper Munich (Adele, Zerbinetta), the Staatsoper Hamburg (Fiakermilli, Marie/Fille du régiment 2012 and 2013, Zerbinetta), the Semperoper Dresden (Blonde, Sophie/Rosenkavalier under Christian Thielemann 2012 and 2013), the Opera houses in Zurich (Adele), Düsseldorf (Adele), Liège (Zerbinetta), and Strassburg (Blonde, Sophie/Rosenkavalier), Cologne (Zerbinetta), at the Seefestspielen Mörbisch (Adele) and at the Lyric Opera in Chicago (Adele). At the Wiener Staatsoper, she has sung among others Sophie (Rosenkavalier and Werther), Rosina, Fiakermilli, Ade­le, Oscar, Zerbinetta, and italienische Sängerin (Capriccio).

Benedikt Kobel | Schmidt

Benedikt Kobel comes from Vienna and studied at the Hochschule for Music and performing Arts there. Guest performances have led him to the Semperoper, to Leipzig, Cologne, Frankfurt, the Gärtnerplatztheater, the Zurich Opera, the Graz Oper, the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, the Arena di Verona and the Vienna Volksoper. In 1986, Benedikt Kobel gave his debut at the Vienna State Opera as 1st Gondoliere (La Gioconda). This was followed, among other, by Arturo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Kunz Vogel­gesang (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Raffaele (Stiffelio), Narraboth (Salome), Steuermann (Fliegender Holländer), Malcolm (Macbeth), Don Curzio (Le nozze di Figaro), Valzacchi (Der Rosenkavalier), Henry (Die schweigsame Frau), Don Gaspar (La Favorite), Oloferno (Lucrezia Borgia), Spoletta (Tosca), Andres (Wozzeck), Dr. Blind (Die Fledermaus), Abdallo (Nabucco), Monostatos und 1st Priest (Zauberflöte), Goro (Madama Butterfly), Rodrigo (Otello), Tschaplitzki (Pique Dame), Jaquino (Fidelio), Ed­mondo (Manon Lescaut), Missail (Boris Godunow), Cajus (Falstaff) and Schmidt (Werther). 

Hans Peter Kammerer | Johann

Hans Peter Kammerer was born in South Tirol and studied among others, under Walter Berry at the Musikhochschule in Vienna. His first engagements led him to the Vienna Kammeroper and the Bregenz Festivals. Furthermore, he has sung at the Berlin State Opera, La Monnaie in Brussels , the Pfingstfestspielen in Salzburg, the Mozart Festival in Schönbrunn, the Opéra Bastille, the Staatstheater in Stuutgart, Geneva, the opera houses in Barcelona and Lyon as well as the Vienna Volksoper. He gave his debut at the Vienna State Opera in 1995 as Dancaïro (Carmen). This was followed by roles among others like Ascanio (Gesualdo), Marullo (Rigoletto), Barbier (Schweigsame Frau), Achter Stammesfürst (Moses und Aron), Graf Dominik (Arabel­la), Spalanzani (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Hauptmann (Eugen Onegin), Haly (L’italiana in Algeri), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Haushofmeister (Ariadne auf Naxos), Papageno, Dr. Falke, Gubetta (Lucrezia Borgia), Kleiner Sträfling (Aus einem Totenhaus), Wagner (Faust) and Mitjuch (Boris Godunow). He has also appeared in children's operas as well as in Zimmermann's White Rose in Parliament.

In the middle of summer, the widowed magistrate is rehearsing Christmas carols with his young children. Werther, who comes to visit, rhapsodizes on the wonders of nature. When he sees the love that the children have for their sister Charlotte, the magistrate’s only adult daughter, he is deeply impressed. Left alone with Charlotte, he declares his love for her. However, Charlotte evades his advances and tells him of a promise she made to her dying mother: to marry Albert, her fiancé. The news arrives that Albert has returned home. In deep despair, Werther is left alone.

Several months after Albert and Charlotte’s wedding, the two rivals have occasion to talk. Albert seems to have forgiven Werther for his earlier passion. Charlotte and Werther are hardly left alone when Werther renews his protestation of love. Charlotte once again rejects him and forbids seeing her again until Christmas time. Werther rushes out, leaving Sophie, Charlotte’s fifteen-year-old sister, in tears. She is unhappily in love with him.

On Christmas day, Charlotte, who now realizes that she loves Werther, is reading his letters. She is alarmed by the threat contained in one of his letters to commit suicide. When Sophie joins her and talks about Werther, Charlotte collapses in tears. Shortly after Sophie leaves, Werther arrives quite unexpectedly. He demands a kiss, which Charlotte refuses him. Werther then leaves Charlotte and sends Albert a letter, asking him for his pistol. Albert duly has it sent to him. Charlotte remembers Wether’s threats of suicide, and she rushes out to find him. However, by the time Charlotte finds him, he is already dying. Now that it is too late, she admits that she loves him. In the distance, the children are heard singing the Christmas carol that they were practicing in the summer.