Jules Massenet, Werther
Bologna, Teatro Comunale, 15 December 2016
Werther’s middle-class dream
It is hard to find a recent production of Werther that adheres to the space-time coordinates of Goethe’s original work: from the backyard with plastic chairs and children playing with hula-hoops in Andrei Şerban’s setting, to Liliana Cavani’s movie theater where Werther dies, not even this Rosetta Cucchi’s new production by Bologna Teatro Comunale evades the tendency to bring the plot to the present time.
The interiors of the Bailli’s middle-class house and Albert’s living room, with its shelves full of fake volumes, represent the environment in which Werther tries in vain to enter. Every time he attempts to get closer to this world…