FROM A DIFFERENT MILLENNIAL
Quarter-life crises? Long-winded blogs about romantic disenchantment? They’re nothing new, take Jules Massenet’s opera “Werther,” based loosely on Goethe’s autobiographical novel “The Sorrows of Young Werther.” Set in 18th-century Germany, instead of e-mails, the novel is composed of letters to a close friend. Goethe later regretted publishing it (be careful what you post!). Now stepping into the lead role in the Met’s current production, Jonas Kaufmann has been hailed as “the most in-demand, versatile and exciting tenor in opera,” by the New York Times. Your life might be a movie, but Goethe’s was an opera.
"Werther" at the Metropolitan Opera House