by Texas Concert Opera Collective (TCOC)
Feb. 16 - Feb. 17
Texas Concert Opera Collective presents "Werther," by Jules Massenet, sung in French with English supertitles on Saturday, February 16 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, February 17 at 2:30 pm. Support local artists and join TCOC as we weave a passionate story of love, duty, and sacrifice.
Join us before our Saturday evening performance for "An Evening in Paris" - a beautiful three-course French-inspired dinner. It will be magnifique! Tickets to our performance are included with your purchase! Be sure to bring your valentine!
We will conclude both performances with a special "Divas and Desserts" reception.WERTHER
by Jules Massenet
Sung in French with English Supertitles
On a July afternoon, the widowed Bailiff rehearses his children in a Christmas carol, as his friends Schmidt and Johann laugh about the early song preparations. Charlotte, the Bailiff's eldest daughter, joins them in the garden, greeted eagerly by her brothers and sisters. She is to attend a ball that evening. In the absence of her fiancé, Albert, her escort is to be a young visiting poet, Werther.
Werther arrives to meet Charlotte, and is immediately taken with her. The Bailiff explains that since his wifes death, Charlotte has been the caretaker for her younger siblings.
After the ball, Werther walks Charlotte home in the moonlight. He praises her devotion to her family and her beauty. As he passionately declares his love, Charlotte recalls the promise which she made to her dying mother: that she would marry Albert. In spite of his despair, Werther encourages Charlotte, whom he deems to be the angel of duty, not to break her promise.
The town gathers to celebrate the pastors fiftieth wedding anniversary. Albert and Charlotte have been married for three months.
Although outwardly Werther expresses his friendship to Albert, inwardly he is tormented by his love for Charlotte and bitter at her marriage, which keeps them apart. When Charlotte has a moment alone with Werther, she firmly reminds him of her duties as a wife. Seeing his anguish at her words, she asks him to leave town for a time, perhaps until Christmas. As Charlotte leaves, her sister Sophie gently reprimands Werther for lingering behind the procession. Paying her no heed, Werther rushes away, declaring that he is leaving and will not return. Sophie, confused and upset by his declaration, reports back to Charlotte and Albert. Albert considers the poet's behavior, and comes to the realization that Werther is in love with Charlotte.
It is Christmas Eve. Charlotte, unable to forget Werther, reads through all the letters which he has sent her; in the last one, he hinted at suicide. Grief overcomes her, and she prays for strength.
Suddenly, Werther appears. They recall the beautiful times they had together. His passion intensifies, and he embraces Charlotte to kiss her. In a panic, she sends him away, saying they must never meet again.
Albert comes home to find Charlotte agitated and distraught, and suspects that her emotions are due to Werther's return. A servant brings a note from Werther, asking to borrow Alberts pistols. Upset, Albert makes Charlotte hand the pistols to the messenger, then goes to his room.
Charlotte rushes to Werthers lodgings, where she finds him in his study, mortally wounded. She declares her love for him, and begs him to forgive her for choosing Duty over Love. As they embrace, he dies in her arms.
February 16 - February 17, 2019
201 E Nolte Street
Seguin, TX, 78155
Saturday, February 16 at 7:00 pm
Sunday, February 17 at 2:30 pm
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
AN EVENING IN PARIS
Saturday, February 16
5:30 pm Doors Open
6:00 pm Three-Course French Dinner
- Appetizer - crackers, cured sausage, nuts
- Salad - Belgian endive with bleu cheese
- Entrée - coq au vin femme, rice pilaf
- Dessert - tartlets, crème caramel
7:00 pm Performance of "Werther"*
*All tickets include General Admission Tickets to "Werther"
Don't miss out on this great Valentine's weekend event!