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Acclaimed French filmmaker Benoît Jacquot (Farewell, My Queen) directs Massenet’s tragic opera, an exploration of the conflict between duty and our most passionate desires. Based on Goethe’s novel, the story follows the titular poet (tenor Vittorio Grigòlo), hopelessly in love with the already betrothed Charlotte (celebrated mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato singing the role for the first time). The music is full of lyrical beauty, passion and emotional fervour.
Music: Jules Massenet
Production: Benoît Jacquot, Charles Edwards
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Cast: Vittorio Grigòlo, Joyce DiDonato, David Bižić, Heather Engebretson
Captured live from Covent Garden, London 27 Jun 2016
Thursday 16th June