Juan Diego Flórez, tenor:
“Werther is, of course, one of the climaxes of the repertoire of a tenor. In the past, I wouldn’t have thought I was going to do Werther because my voice wasn’t fitting that. Now I feel the voice has changed and I feel also that I can phrase in that style.”
Anna Stéphany, mezzo-soprano:
“It is my first French role, really significant French role. And for me, the romance and the thickness, the velvetiness, the emotion of the music has completely swept me away in this role.
“You have permission to really wade in and just open up the voice, the emotion, everything, in this kind of French, romantic music and it kind of … It carries you, if you like.”