Werther (1991)

14 September ’91 > 8 October ’91


Wetzlar, about 1780

Werther, an oversensitive young man, falls in love with Charlotte, the bailiff’s eldest daughter. She is not opposed to friendship, but keeps her promise to marry Albert.

After Albert and Charlotte have been married for a few months, Werther once again confesses his love to Charlotte. However, she asks him to leave and find someone else. He will not be allowed to return to Wetzlar until Christmas. Werther resigns himself to this, but at the same time is overcome by thoughts of suicide.

On Christmas Eve, Charlotte rereads the love letters that Werther has sent her in recent months. Suddenly Werther is standing in her room. In a last desperate attempt he tries to win Charlotte over. She can no longer bear the desperation and leaves. Werther decides to kill himself with Albert’s pistols.

When Charlotte hears this, she runs to Werther’s room. She arrives too late, Werther is fatally injured. As the sounds of the Christmas carol sound, Charlotte admits that she has always loved him. Werther dies.


Werther Christian Papis
Charlotte Jean Stilwell
Albert Roger Smeets
Sophie Kathryn Magestro
Le Bailli Lieuwe Visser
Schmidt Hein Meens
Johann Tom Haenen
Kätchen Jacqueline ter Linden
Brühlmann Richard Meijer
The children Fritz, Max, Hans, Karl, Gretel, Clara Youth members of the Stedelijk Helmonds Concertkoor


Direction Aidan Lang
Musical direction David Robertsson
Set and costume design Lez Brotherson
Lighting design Manny Dassen
Dramaturgy/translation Jacques Peeters
Choir conductor Roland de Kroon
Orchestra Limburgs Symphonie Orkest
Choir Stedelijk Helmonds Concertkoor