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A performance of which dreams are made.,
This review is from: Massenet's Werther (Jonas Kaufmann, Sophie Koch) [DVD]  [NTSC] (DVD)
Even with good performances I have always found Werther a rather anaemic romantic drama, but Jonas Kaufmann (Werther) and Sophie Koch (Charlotte) have changed that forever.
These extraordinary, intense performances seeped in angst are a triumph, the chemistry between the singers and their remarkable acting take the opera to an entirely new dimension, backed up with a fine supporting cast.
The stage sets are simple and broad brush, but work wonderfully well for the DVD allowing for plenty of expressive close ups driving home the drama. The rather strange quirk of commencing some scenes showing the singers waiting behind the scenery, and also showing exits from back stage can be criticised.
Excellent orchestral support under Michel Plasson, fine video and lovely sound.
This production is a revelation not to be missed!