Saturday, March 10, 2012


Werther is my favorite opera. I love the music, the mezzo-soprano heroine, the changing of the seasons, and especially that it's based on a story by Goethe. The love story is dramatic, yes - but unlike many operas, it is entirely plausible. In fact, it could take place in 2004 in Amarillo, Texas just as easily as in Germany in 1780. So I have chosen to set it in 2004 in Amarillo, Texas. Here, the children's singing group has taken over the parking lot of Charlotte's apartment building, and Werther broods in his leather jacket.

You can read more about the story here.

You can listen to the broadcast here.

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