An original, fully staged theatrical concert interweaving drama with the music of Schumann, Schubert, Liszt, Brahms, Wolf, Mahler, and Pfitzner, based on Goethe’s tale of obsessive and unrequited love.
Written feverishly in a white heat of autobiographical inspiration, The Sorrows of Young Werther turned the 24-year-old Goethe into one of the first international celebrities. Napoleon read the novel seven times and carried it with him during his Egyptian campaign and it started a “Werther Fever” throughout Europe, with young men dressing as the protagonist and committing copy-cat suicides.
Werther’s obsessive love of Charlotte emerges with great pathos in a haunting and romantic evening featuring Schumann’s magnificent song cycle Dichterliebe, one of the most compelling musical depictions of unrequited love, as well as songs for mezzo-soprano and two pianists mirroring the two main characters.
Written by James Melo
Directed by Donald T. Sanders
Set & Costumes by Vanessa James
Lighting Design by Kate Bashore
June 3 & 4, 2015
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at
2537 Broadway at 95th St., NY, NY
November 10, 2007
109 West 57th Street, NY, NY
The Kosciuszko Foundation
15 East 65th Street, NY, NY