Topic - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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  • Francesco Meli as Werther becomes infatuated with Sonia Ganassi as Charlotte, who is engaged to another man, in "Werther." The Washington National Opera production closes May 27. (Scott Suchman/Washington National Opera)

    'Werther' is a feel-good tragic tale

    For the first time since 1996, the Washington National Opera is bringing Jules Massenet's tragic opera, "Werther," to the Kennedy Center Opera House. The company's production stars the exciting tenor Francesco Meli as the opera's title character, a Romantic poet doomed by love.

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  • "This is the opera Massenet loved the most," he says. "It's an incredible balance between fine, subtle poetry and intense drama. It's a real treat to do a piece with a cast sensitive to the style and with such beautiful voices at the same time."

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