Music by

Jules Massenet

Metropolitan Opera

New York, NY

Tuesday February 18, 2014 - 8:00 PM
Saturday February 22, 2014 - 1:00 PM
Tuesday February 25, 2014 - 7:30 PM
Friday February 28, 2014 - 7:30 PM
Monday March 3, 2014 - 7:30 PM
Friday March 7, 2014 - 7:30 PM
Tuesday March 11, 2014 - 7:30 PM
Saturday March 15, 2014 - 1:00 PM


Werther  Jonas Kaufmann
Sophie  Lisette Oropesa
Charlotte  Sophie Koch
Albert  David Bižić
Le Bailli  Jonathan Summers


Alain Altinoglu


Richard Eyre

Set Designer

Rob Howell


Rob Howell


Peter Mumford


Wendall Harrington


Sara Erde


Director Richard Eyre returns to the Met with a new staging of Massenet’s tragic romance Werther, starring Jonas Kaufmann and Elīna Garanča in their first Met performances as the brooding poet Werther and his unattainable love, Charlotte. Lisette Oropesa sings the role of Sophie, Charlotte’s sister; David Bižić makes his Met debut as Charlotte’s fiancé, Albert; and Jonathan Summers is Charlotte’s father, Le Bailli. Alain Altinoglu conducts the first new Met production of the opera in more than forty years.


Werther: "Du gai soleil" (Lisette Oropesa)


Met’s “Werther” variable yet Sophie Koch proves a Charlotte to die for

Her beaming smile and sparkling voice lit up the stage every time she came on. She sang with bright, playful innocence throughout, and was wonderfully endearing when she flirted with the gloomy Werther. 

—  Eric C. Simpson  •  New York Classical Review

A New ‘Werther’ at the Metropolitan Opera

The bright-voiced, impressive soprano Lisette Oropesa is a sunny, winning Sophie

—  Anthony Tommassini  •  New York Times

Werther, Metropolitan Opera, New York – review

Lisette Oropesa focused giddy sympathy as Sophie, the resident quasi-soubrette.

—  Martin Bernheimer  •  Financial Times

A Taut Drama of Passion, Obsession and Pursuit

Lisette Oropesa brings a bright, pealing soprano to the role of Sophie

—  Heidi Waleson  •  Wall Street Journal

'Werther' at the Metropolitan Opera showcases Jonas Kaufmann and Sophie Koch

Soprano Lisette Oropesa is perfectly cast as Charlotte’s sister Sophie. Singing of flower bouquets and happiness, the character is nearly the sole ray of sunshine in the piece, and Oropesa’s sweet, agile soprano is one as well.

—  Ronni Reich  •  NJ.com

Met Opera continues solid season with skillful production of ‘Werther’

Lisette Oropesa’s radiant soprano is well suited for the role of Sophie, Charlotte’s exuberant younger sister,

—  Chris Browner  •  Columbia Spectator


but the house favorite Lisette Oropesa lights up the stage as Sophie

—  (none)  •  The New Yorker


Lisette Oropesa è un’ottima Sophie, giovane e graziosa, che trasmette una ventata di freschezza con voce soavissima e argentina, squillante senza essere petulante.

—  Maria Teresa Giovagnoli  •  MTG Lirica

Jonas Kaufmann As Werther At The Met

And Lisette Oropesa was not the usual soubrette Sophie–directed to be more of an equal than “little sister” to Charlotte, she sang with great elegance and energy.

—  Robert Levine  •  Classics Today

Il Werther fin de siècle di Jonas Kaufmann

Professionalmente ineccepibile la compagnia di canto nel suo insieme , su cui spicca sicuramente la fresca voce di Lisette Oropesa nella parte della sorella Sophie.

—  Stecconi Biagiarelli  •  Le mille e una notte all'Opera

Werther, Metropolitan Opera, New York, review

Lisette Oropesa is more than a soubrette Sophie, bringing strong presence to the painful scene between the sisters.

—  John Allison  •  The Telegraph

Jonas Kaufmann is the Ultimate Romantic Hero as Werther at the Met

Soprano Lisette Oropesa is so charming as Charlotte’s sister Sophie that one wonders why the poet fails to respond to her apparent interest.

—  Barry Bassis  •  Epoch Times

Performance History

Lisette has given 8 performances as Sophie.