January 16 and 17, 2010
Reviewed by Gary Scott
The growth of opera around the country just seems to keep on going and growing. In just the past several days St. Louisans have been able to attend a live Met broadcast as well as stage productions by the Teatro Lirico d'Europa (La Traviata)
and our own Winter Opera St. Louis (formerly New Opera of St. Louis), presenting Jules Massenet's Werther
for the first time in over twenty years. Although conceived during the Romantic era, Werther
is an opera that continues to speak to the angst of our own time, and provides a superb vehicle for regional opera companies. It also gives us the opportunity to become better acquainted with a composer who is worthy of the increasing attention paid to him, but who is all too often only remembered for one solitary piece, the "Meditation" from his opera Thais.