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Massenet’s Operatic Masterpiece

Saturday, 20th August 2022


Performance Ends 10:05pm

Pre-Performance Talk: Introduction to the Opera

One hour before each performance, an informative free talk will be given to ticket holders for the performance. The talk will last 25mins approximately and will be given by our host, George Fleeton. No booking is necessary and will be held in the Carolan Suite. Admission is FREE.

The National Concert Hall, Dublin
Box Office: +353 (0) 1 417 0000 or


LIBRETTO after Goethe, adapted from The Sorrows of Young Werther
By Édouard Blau; Paul Millet; Georges Hartman

Imperial Theatre, Hofoper, Wien, 16 February 1892

  • Set in 18 Century Germany and loosely based on Goethe’s revolutionary 1774 novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther –Massenet’s great operatic masterpiece, in which an obsessive poet chases a love he cannot have… and cannot forget. Charlotte, who is trapped in a loveless marriage to Albert sends Werther away on several occasions. She, too, is infatuated and absorbed with the treasured letters she receives from him – the one she truly loves. Werther’s final dismissal by Charlotte on Christmas Eve leads to the already tortured Werther taking his own life. This dying act imprinted on her soul forever.

Eric Fennell


Carolyn Holt


Christopher Nairne


Ami Hewitt


Alexandra Cravero


Vivian J. Coates


Niall McKeever

Lighting Designer

John Gallagher

Lighting Designer