Goethe's classic returns to the Liceu after 25 years in a production that has won acclaim the world over.

Wetzlar, Germany. Werther is in love with Charlotte but when she becomes engaged to another man he has to give her up. After her marriage, Charlotte sends him away. Driven to despair by his impossible love, Werther commits suicide and expires in his beloved Charlotte's arms.

In this opera based on Goethe's novel, Massenet paints a faithful portrait of a personage who embodies the Romantic concept of melancholy caused by disappointed love.

Willy Decker's Romantic-Expressionist production has already won acclaim in various opera houses. The contrasting colours and impossible shapes match the different states of mind evoked by the plot.

With the support of


Lyric drama in four acts. Libretto by Édouard Blau, Paul Milliet and Georges Hartmann. World premiere: 16/02/1892, Vienna Opera. First staged in Barcelona: 29/04/1899, Liceu. Last Liceu performance: 19/07/1992. Total Liceu performances: 51.

Artistic profile

Musical director
Alain Altinoglu
Stage director
Willy Decker
Stefan Heinrichs
Stage director assistants
Albert Estany
Set and costume designer
Wolfgang Gussmann
Set and costume designer assistant
Stefan Heinrichs
Hans Toelstede
Oper Frankfurt
Symphony Orchestra of the Liceu Opera Barcelona
Cor Infantil Amics de la Unió de Granollers
Director of the chorus
Josep Vila i Jover
Kai Gleusteen
Musical director assistant
Daniel Montané
Musical assistants
Véronique Werklé, Rodrigo de Vera and Jaume Tribó
Glòria Nogué and Anabel Alenda


WertherPiotr Beczala15th,18th,23th,25th,28th,31th January and 2th February
Arturo Chacón-Cruz*17th,19th January
Josep Bros24th,27th,29th January and 1th February
AlbertJoan Martín-Royo15th,18th,23th,25th,28th,31th January and 2th February
Carlos Daza17th,19th,24th,27th,29th January and 1th February
Le BailliStefano Palatchi
SchmidtAntoni Comas
JohannMarc Canturri
BrühlmanXavier Comorera15th,17th,18th,19th,23th,24th,25th January
Ignasi Gomar27th,28th,29th,31th January and 1th,2th February
CharlotteAnna Caterina Antonacci15th,18th,23th,25th,28th,31th January and 2th February
Nora Gubisch17th,19th,27th,29th January and 1th February
Carol García**24th January
SophieElena Sancho Pereg15th,18th,23th,25th,28th,31th January and 2th February
Sonia de Munck17th,19th,24th,27th,29th January and 1th February
KättchenGuisela Zannerini15th,17th,18th,19th,23th,24th,25th January
Elizabeth Maldonado27th,28th,29th,31th January and 1th,2th February

*Arturo Chacón-Cruz performs the role of Werther replacing Josep Bros, due to an indisposition.

** Carol García performs the role of Charlotte replacing Nora Gubisch, due to an indisposition.

January 2017

15Sunday17:00Turn TFee 3
17Tuesday20:00Turn PCFee 7
18Wednesday20:00Turn HFee 5
19Thursday20:00Turn BFee 6
23Monday20:00Turn AFee 4
24Tuesday20:00Turn PEFee 7
25Wednesday20:00Turn DFee 4
27Friday20:00Turn PBFee 5
28Saturday20:00Turn CFee 3
29Sunday18:00Turn PDFee 5
31Tuesday20:00Turn PAFee 7

February 2017

1Wednesday20:00Turn GFee 4
2Thursday20:00Turn EADFee 4

First part 75m
Intermission 30m
Second part 55m

Total Running Time 2h 40m