Massenet’s “Werther” in Zurich
First performance with the new Bärenreiter edition
A critical edition of Jules Massenet’s Werther with all the authentic versions, taking all the sources into consideration including previously unavailable manuscripts, has long been overdue. The American musicologist Lesley Wright, professor at the University of Hawaii and a distinguished expert in the area of 19th century French opera, has worked on this edition for the last several years. Now it will be put to the test at the Zurich Opera, in close collaboration with the conductor Cornelius Meister. Tatjana Gürbaca is the director in the new production of Massenet’s masterpiece, which has its first performance on 2 April 2017. The title role is sung by no less than the Peruvian star tenor Juan Diego Flórez (photo: Judith Schlosser).