A story of love and 'Werther'

by Steve Staruch, Minnesota Public Radio
March 15, 2014
Jonas Kaufmann as the title character and Sophie Koch as Charlotte in Massenet's "Werther." (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera) Sophie Koch as Charlotte in Massenet's "Werther." (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera) Jonas Kaufmann as the title character and Sophie Koch as Charlotte in Massenet's "Werther." (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera) Jonas Kaufmann as the title character in Massenet's "Werther." (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera) A scene from Massenet's "Werther" with Jonas Kaufmann as the title character and David Bižić as Albert. (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera) Lisette Oropesa as Sophie and Sophie Koch as Charlotte in Massenet's "Werther." (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera) A scene from Massenet's "Werther" with Jonas Kaufmann as the title character and Sophie Koch as Charlotte. (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera) David Bižić as Albert and Sophie Koch as Charlotte in Massenet's "Werther." (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera) A scene from Massenet's "Werther." (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera) Sophie Koch as Charlotte and Lisette Oropesa as Sophie in Massenet's "Werther." (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera) Sophie Koch as Charlotte in Massenet's "Werther." (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera) Jonas Kaufmann as the title character in Massenet's "Werther." (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)
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St. Paul, Minn. — Every once in a while, I receive a most memorable story or a dedication on Friday Favorites. I was reminded of a such a story during last week's show.

The request was for the big aria from the opera Werther in anticipation of the Met Opera broadcast this Saturday. A listener in Minneapolis related the story of how listening to Classical MPR improved his dating life. A little bit of French pronunciation can do that.

Listen to the audio player above to enjoy the story as I told it on-air last week, and enjoy the photos of the Met Opera's performance of Werther.


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