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Benoît Jacquot’s traditional and well-observed production of Massenet’s Werther, with charming sets by Charles Edwards, returns for its third revival, exceptionally well conducted by Ed Gardner.
Edward Gardner è senza dubbio il vero fautore del successo della serata, regalando una direzione estremamente articolata che coglie tutte le sfaccettature di uno spartito di pregio, dalle reminiscenz
Dramatically, Juan Diego Flórez in the title role takes a while to warm up because when initially things do not go his way, this manifests itself too much through anger alone.
Leonard’s singing has a cold efficiency but no trace of real emotion, while poor Florez, left to bear the weight of the evening, is not equal to the challenge.
Edward Gardner maintained a perfect balance between orchestra and singer throughout as this aria grew in emotional intensity.
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