Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Gounod Faust Royal Opera House - devilish !

Gounod's Faust at the Royal Opera House, London is devilishly good. Please read this review in Opera Today.

"A stellar cast — Angela Gheorghiu, Vittorio Grigolo, René Pape and Dmitri Hvorostovsky — made this a special occasion, although the production, by David McVicar, was first seen in 2004. The performance worked well because there was good integration of all elements that contribute towards operatic experience — singing, staging, acting and orchestra. Following on from the superb Puccini Il trittico (reviewed here), it made for a spectacular start to the 2011/2 season at the Royal Opera House, London."

"McVicar himself wasn’t present, but revival director Lee Blakely must have inspired the cast, for they were singing with great panache. Perhaps a little too much at times, for both Gheorghiu and Grigolo threw themselves so passionately into their parts that at times, there were weaknesses. But better this enthusiasm than technically note-perfect and dull. Faust and Marguerite don’t have Méphistophélès’s demonic powers, but they beat him in the end."

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Photos :  René Pape Méphistophélès’ copyright Catherine Ashmore,  Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Valentin, copyright Catherine Ashmore.

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