Monday, February 13, 2012

35 Students and Faculty Experience Massenet's Werther at the Minnesota Opera

German Club President Chris Pignato gives an introduction to Massenet's Werther
Almost 40 Bennies and Johnnies joined the German Club and German Professors in a fantastic evening at the Ordway Theater in St. Paul. A foggy and cold day set the perfect melancholic mood to associate oneself with one of the greatest love tragedies in literature. Based on Goethe's romantic anti-hero, Jules Massenet's opera brought us back to the 19th century right into a love story rich in passion and full of obstacles. Great emotions on stage, exhilarating music by the orchestra and a love transcending plot certainly had an aesthetic impact on everyone who witnessed this great opera with us! Touched and all senses spoken to, we felt great sympathy for young suffering Werther and the importance of emotions. Let us just hope this inspiration will lead to new energy. The positive feedback from the students indicated so.