Ending it All in Massenet's 'Werther'


THE HIT SINGLE: "Pourquois me réveiller"

In Act Three, when Charlotte asks Werther (baritone Phillip Addis) to read from some poetry he's been translating, he chooses a passage in which the poet anticipates his own death, singing the popular aria, "Pourquoi me réveiller?" ("Why awaken me?")  

THE B SIDE: "Je vous écris …"

Earlier in the third act, Charlotte (mezzo-soprano Michèle Lozier) rereads a desperate letter from Werther, in which he pours out his hopeless longing for her, beginning with the words "Je vous écris de ma petite chambre" — "I am writing from my small room."