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Fri. March 31, 2017, 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Vienna

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Jules Massenet

Werther

Conductor: Frédéric Chaslin | Director: Andrei Serban | With: Ludovic Tézier, Adrian Eröd, Sophie Koch

 
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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.

 

 

Ludovic Tézier | Werther

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.
 




 

Adrian Eröd | Albert

After his studies at the Musikhochschule in Vienna, where he studied among others under Walter Berry, Adrian Eröd’s career went from the Wiener Kammeroper over the Landestheater in Linz to the Wiener Volksoper and finally the Wiener Staatsoper, which would play a central role alongside his international engagements to his artistic future. Since his debut in 2001 at the Wiener Staatsoper as Mercutio inRoméo et Juliette, Adrian Eröd has sung works like Guglielmo, Beckmesser, Loge, Conte d’Almaviva, Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Dr. Falke, Albert, the leading role in Benjamin Brittens Billy Budd, Olivier (Capriccio) and the male leading role- which was written for him – Jason in Aribert Reimanns Medea. He has also sung, among others at the Teatro La Fenice in Venedig (Harlekin), an der Hamburgischen Staatsoper (Pelléas), an der Oper Frank­furt (Prospero in Adès’ The Tempest), bei den Bayreuther Festspielen und an der Oper Zürich (Beckmesser). Finally, he has sung e.g. at the Tokyo National Opera, the Opéra de Paris and at the Bayreuther Festspielen. 

Roles for the Wiener Staatsoper 2014/2015: Prospero, Eisenstein.

Sophie Koch | Charlotte

Sophie Koch studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and won first prize in Holland's prestigious Hertogenbosch Competition. She celebrated her first major successes at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London (in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Così fan tutte) and at the Semperoper in Dresden (in Ariadne auf Naxos). Further performances soon took her to the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Vienna, Berlin, Milan, Paris, Toulouse, Brussels, Madrid, Geneva, as well as to the Salzburg Festival. Her current roles include Marie (Dialogues des Carmélites) in Nice, The Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos), Waltraute (Twilight of the Gods) and Venus (Tannhäuser) in Paris, Charlotte (Werther) in Madrid and London, and the title role in Mignon in Geneva. Sophie Koch has also achieved international success with lieder and as a concert performer. She made her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 1999 as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier. Her other roles in Vienna have included The Composer, Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Nicklausse (Les Contes d'Hoffmann), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Charlotte and Silla (Palestrina).

Roles at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2013/2014: Octavian, The Composer.

 

Mitten im Hochsommer probt der verwitwete Amtmann mit seinen noch minderjährigen Kindern Weihnachtslieder. Werther, der zu Besuch kommt, gerät über die wunderbare Natur ins Schwärmen. Als er die Liebe sieht, die die Kinder ihrer Schwester Charlotte, der einzigen erwachsenen Tochter des Amtmannes, entgegenbringen, ist er tief beeindruckt. Mit Charlotte allein geblieben gesteht er ihr seine Liebe. Doch Charlotte weicht ihm aus und weist ihn auf einen Schwur hin, den sie ihrer sterbenden Mutter geleistet hatte: Albert, ihren Verlobten, zu heiraten. Da trifft die Nachricht ein, dass Albert zurückgekehrt ist. Werther bleibt verzweifelt zurück.
Einige Monate nach der Hochzeit von Albert und Charlotte kommt es zu einer Aussprache zwischen den beiden Rivalen. Albert scheint Werther die frühere Leidenschaft zu verzeihen. Kaum sind Charlotte und Werther allein, beteuert er ihr gegenüber allerdings erneut seine Liebe. Charlotte weist ihn abermals zurück und erlaubt ihm erst zu Weihnachten das nächste Wiedersehen. Werther flieht und lässt Sophie, die 15-jährige Schwester Charlottes, weinend zurück. Sie hat sich unglücklich in ihn verliebt.
Am Weihnachtstag liest Charlotte, die nun ebenfalls Werther zugetan ist, seine Briefe. Eine darin enthaltene Selbstmorddrohung lässt sie erschrecken. Als Sophie hinzukommt und von Werther spricht, bricht Charlotte in Tränen aus. Kaum ist sie wieder allein, kommt Werther ganz unerwartet zu ihr. Er fordert einen Kuss, den ihm Charlotte aber verweigert. Daraufhin verlässt Werther Charlotte und schickt Albert einen Brief, in dem er ihn um seine Pistole bittet, die dieser ihm auch schicken lässt. Da werden Charlotte die Selbstmordabsichten Werthers bewusst und sie begibt sich auf die Suche nach ihm. Doch trifft Charlotte ihn nur mehr sterbend an. Jetzt, wo alles zu spät ist, bekennt sie ihm ihre Liebe. Im Hintergrund singen die Kinder jenes Weihnachtslied, das sie im Sommer einstudiert haben.

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