In the season 2016/2017 we decided to bring back to Rijeka  (last performed in 1979) the French opera composer of the late Romantic era Jules Massenet and his most frequently staged opera due to two reasons. In the first place, it is a performance in which all the five new soloists of the Rijeka Opera perform in four leading roles, namely, in the first or the second cast, lead by Ivana Srbljan as Charlotte and Aljaž Farasin in the title role. It is Fabrizio Melano, veteran stage director from the last golden age of the Metropolitan (seventies and eighties of the twentieth century) where he directed Werther a few times, who directed this complex story. Melano described his staging as “a proper clinical drama and music study of Werther as a victim of destructive narcissism that does not only destroy his own life, but also the lives of people closest to him, especially so that of Charlotte”.

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