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Lyric Drama

A King Against His Will
A Night's Rest At Granada
Abu Hassan
Aida
Alessandro Stradella
Armida
Ballo In Maschera
Bearskin
Benvenuto Cellini
By Order Of His Highness
Carmen
Cavalleria Rusticana
Cosi Fan Tutte
Delila
Der Freischuetz
Djamileh
Don Carlos
Don Juan
Don Pasquale
Donna Diana
Elektra
Ernani
Eugene Onegin
Euryanthe
Falstaff
Fidelio
Flauto Solo
Fra Diavolo
Frauenlob
Friend Fritz
Genoveva
Guglielmo Tell
Gustavus The Third
Hamlet
Hans Heiling
Hansel And Gretel
Henry The Lion
Herrat
Hoffmann's Tales
Idle Hans
Idomeneus
Il Barbiere Di Seviglia
Il Demonio
Il Seraglio
Il Trovatore
Ingrid
Iphigenia In Aulis
Iphigenia In Tauris
Jean De Paris
Jessonda
Joseph In Egypt
Junker Heinz Sir Harry
Kirke Circe
L'africaine
La Boheme
La Dame Blanche
La Figlia Del Reggimento
La Juive The Jewess
La Muette De Portici
La Somnambula
La Traviata
Le Domino Noir
Le Nozze Di Figaro
Le Prophete
Les Huguenots
Little Bare Foot
Lohengrin
Lorle
Love's Battle
Lucia Di Lammermoor
Lucrezia Borgia
Madame Butterfly
Manon
Manru
Marga
Marguerite
Martha
Melusine
Merlin
Mignon
Moloch
Nausikaa
Norma
Oberon
Odysseus' Death
Odysseus' Return
Orfeo E Eurydice
Othello
Pagliacci
Philemon And Baucis
Preciosa
Rienzi The Last Of The Tribunes
Rigoletto
Robert Le Diable
Romeo E Giulietta
Salome
Sealed
Siegfried
Silvana
Tannhaeuser
The Alpine King And The Misanthrope
The Apothecary
The Armorer
The Barber Of Bagdad
The Beauties Of Fogaras
The Bell Of The Hermit
The Cid
The Cricket On The Hearth
The Departure
The Devil's Part
The Dusk Of The Gods
The Evangelimann
The Fledermaus The Bat
The Flying Dutchman
The Folkungs
The Golden Cross
The King Has Said It
The Lowlands
The Maccabees
The Magic Flute
The Maidens Of Schilda
The Master-singers Of Nueremberg
The Master-thief
The Merry Wives Of Windsor
The Nibelungen Ring
The Nuremberg Doll
The Piper Of Hameln
The Plague Of Darkness
The Poacher
The Postilion Of Longjumeau
The Queen Of Sheba
The Sold Bride
The Taming Of The Shrew
The Templar And The Jewess
The Three Pintos
The Trumpeter Of Saekkingen
The Two Grenadiers
The Two Peters
The Vampire
The Walkyrie
Tosca
Tristan And Isolda
Undine
Urvasi
Wedding's Morning
Werther
Will O' The Wisp
Zampa


The Standard Operaglass

A King Against His Will
A Night's Rest At Granada
Abu Hassan
Aida
Alessandro Stradella
Armida
Ballo In Maschera
Bearskin
Benvenuto Cellini
By Order Of His Highness
Carmen
Cavalleria Rusticana
Cosi Fan Tutte
Delila
Der Freischuetz
Djamileh
Don Carlos
Don Juan
Don Pasquale
Donna Diana
Elektra
Ernani
Eugene Onegin
Euryanthe
Falstaff
Fidelio
Flauto Solo
Fra Diavolo
Frauenlob
Friend Fritz
Genoveva
Guglielmo Tell
Gustavus The Third
Hamlet
Hans Heiling
Hansel And Gretel
Henry The Lion
Herrat
Hoffmann's Tales
Idle Hans
Idomeneus
Il Barbiere Di Seviglia
Il Demonio
Il Seraglio
Il Trovatore
Ingrid
Iphigenia In Aulis
Iphigenia In Tauris
Jean De Paris
Jessonda
Joseph In Egypt
Junker Heinz Sir Harry
Kirke Circe
L'africaine
La Boheme
La Dame Blanche
La Figlia Del Reggimento
La Juive The Jewess
La Muette De Portici
La Somnambula
La Traviata
Le Domino Noir
Le Nozze Di Figaro
Le Prophete
Les Huguenots
Little Bare Foot
Lohengrin
Lorle
Love's Battle
Lucia Di Lammermoor
Lucrezia Borgia
Madame Butterfly
Manon
Manru
Marga
Marguerite
Martha
Melusine
Merlin
Mignon
Moloch
Nausikaa
Norma
Oberon
Odysseus' Death
Odysseus' Return
Orfeo E Eurydice
Othello
Pagliacci
Philemon And Baucis
Preciosa
Rienzi The Last Of The Tribunes
Rigoletto
Robert Le Diable
Romeo E Giulietta
Salome
Sealed
Siegfried
Silvana
Tannhaeuser
The Alpine King And The Misanthrope
The Apothecary
The Armorer
The Barber Of Bagdad
The Beauties Of Fogaras
The Bell Of The Hermit
The Cricket On The Hearth
The Departure
The Devil's Part
The Dusk Of The Gods
The Evangelimann
The Fledermaus The Bat
The Flying Dutchman
The Folkungs
The Golden Cross
The King Has Said It
The Lowlands
The Maccabees
The Magic Flute
The Maidens Of Schilda
The Master-singers Of Nueremberg
The Master-thief
The Merry Wives Of Windsor
The Nibelungen Ring
The Nuremberg Doll
The Piper Of Hameln
The Plague Of Darkness
The Poacher
The Postilion Of Longjumeau
The Queen Of Sheba
The Sold Bride
The Taming Of The Shrew
The Templar And The Jewess
The Three Pintos
The Trumpeter Of Saekkingen
The Two Grenadiers
The Two Peters
The Vampire
The Walkyrie
Tosca
Undine
Urvasi
Wedding's Morning
Will O' The Wisp
Zampa



Werther








In three Acts by J. MASSENET.

Text from GOETHE by BLAU, MILLIET and HARTMANN.

German Translation by MAX KALBECK.


The subject of this opera is Goethe's famous novel of the same name.

Though the text is not to be compared with that of the novel, the
music to which Massenet has set it is so marvellously adapted to its
lyric and idyllic qualities, that one is inclined to forget its
deficiencies while listening to the melodious strains.

The scene is laid in Wetzlar in the year 1772.

The first Act takes place in the house of Lotte's father, who is a
bailiff in his native city. He has assembled his younger children to
teach them a new Christmas song. While they are practising two friends
of the bailiff enter and invite him to take supper with them at the
neighbouring inn, he declines however and sits down in his arm chair,
while the smaller children climbing on to his knees begin their
interrupted song once more. During this pretty scene Werther
approaches. He sees Lotte coming out of the house, becomingly attired
for a country-ball. She is duly admired by her father and the
children. Then she acquits herself most charmingly of her household
duties by distributing bread to the children. Werther meanwhile is
cordially welcomed by her father.--Other visitors come in and Lotte
goes to attend the ball, escorted by Werther.

Sophia the second daughter persuades her father to join his friends at
the inn and promises to look after the children.--

He is hardly gone, when Albert, Lotte's affianced husband, who has been
on a journey returns.

On hearing that Lotte is not at home, he leaves the house again.--When
night comes on Lotte returns with Werther. The latter is deeply
in love with her, and she listens to his sweet words like one in a
dream, but when her father informs her that Albert has returned she
comes to her senses. In answer to Werther's questions she tells him,
that she promised her dying mother to wed Albert, which confession
leaves Werther a prey to gloom and despair.

The second Act takes place in the autumn of the same year. Lotte is
married to Albert. She has conquered her sentimental fancy for Werther
and is sitting quietly with her husband, enjoying a peaceful Sabbath
day, and the celebration of the village clergyman's golden wedding.
Werther is a jealous witness of her happiness; but when Albert welcomes
him as a friend, he cannot but accept his overtures.--

Sophia enters with a large bouquet for the clergyman, she is in love
with Werther, but the unhappy young man has eyes for her sister only,
who receives him coldly and bids him leave the village.

On seeing Werther so cast-down, Lotte repents of her harshness and
invites him to celebrate Christmas with her and her husband. But
Werther refuses to be consoled and hurries away notwithstanding
Sophia's entreaties, vowing never to return.

The third Act takes place in Lotte's drawing-room. She is sitting
alone in deep thought. Werther's frequent and passionnate letters have
reawakened her dormant love for him and her sister, coming in
laden with Christmas parcels, finds her in tears. Unable to console
Lotte, Sophia takes her leave after inviting her to spend Christmas Eve
at her old home.--

Hardly has she gone when Werther appears. Unable to keep away from
Lotte any longer he reminds her of her invitation for Christmas, and
seeing his letters spread out on the table he guesses that Lotte
returns his love.--An impassioned love-scene follows.--Half unconscious
Lotte sinks into his arms, but the first kiss of her lover brings her
to herself. Tearing herself from his embrace she flees into her room
and bolts the door. After vain remonstrations Werther rushes out
half-crazed.

Albert returning home finds no one in and calls Lotte. She appears
pale and distressed, and her husband perceives that something is wrong.
Before she can reply to his questions a servant brings in a note from
Werther, asking Albert for his pistol. The husband forces his unhappy
wife to hand the weapon to the servant herself. As soon as Albert has
gone Lotte seizes her hat and cloak and hastens out to prevent the
impending calamity. Alas! she comes too late.--The last scene shows
Werther's room, which is dimly lighted by the moon. The
Christmas-bells are tolling when Lotte enters, calling her lover by
name.--She discovers him lying on the floor mortally wounded.--Now that
he is lost to her for ever she pours out all her love and for a brief
space calls him back to life and sweetens his last moments by a
first kiss. He expires in her arms while from the opposite house the
children's voices are heard singing their Christmas song.





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