Opera review: 1950s Irish midlands setting is an inspired choice for Massenet’s Werther

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Niamh O'Sullivan as Charlotte and Paride Cataldo as Werther in INO's production of Massenet's Werther. Photo: Pat Redmond

Emer O'Kelly

Massenet’s Werther from 1887 is one of the most passionate and tragic operas in the canon. A story of unrequited, unacknowledged love, it tears the heart apart. Werther, taken from Goethe’s 1774 novel, has a raw immediacy that is hard to beat.