April 27, 2017 all-day


  • Saturday, April 29, 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday, May 2, 7 pm
  • Friday, May 5, 7:30 pm
  • Tickets at Manitobaopera.mb.ca or call 204-944-8824
  • Sung in French with projected English translations.

MUSIC:  Jules Massenet

LIBRETTO: Edouard Blau, Paul Milliet and Georges Hartmann, based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s novel Die Leiden des jungen Werthers (The Sorrows of Young Werther)

Promises kept and fragile hearts broken.
“I have so much in me, and the feeling for her absorbs it all; I have so much and without her it all comes to nothing.”

Based on the great German Romantic poet, Goethe’s, semi-autobiographical novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther.



The young poet, Werther, falls instantly in love with the beautiful and unattainable Charlotte; however, Charlotte has promised to marry another. Werther tries to stay away, but his tormented heart aches to be with her. Seeking peace the only way he knows how, he takes his own life as Charlotte finally returns his love.

Irresistible melody infused with vivid and lush orchestration results in a masterpiece that is among the most exquisite and moving in all of French opera.


Add To Your Opera Experience

Student Night – April 27
Student night information available at Manitobaopera.mb.ca.

Closing Night Dinner On Piano Nobile
Enjoy a French-themed buffet dinner catered by Les Filles Cuisine. Pre-show chat by Robert MacLaren included. Tickets and details at Manitobaopera.mb.ca.


Manitoba Opera Free Events (must register for events)

Register for below events at Manitobaopera.mb.ca

Mental Illness, Suicide and the Media: A Panel Discussion
Wed, April 12, 7 pm
Canadian Museum For Human Rights

The Werther Effect: Romantic-Era Perceptions of Suicide
April 20, 7 pm
Carol Shields Auditorium, Millennium Library

Opera Primer: Werther
April 23, 2 pm
Theatre, Université de Saint-Boniface