Faust: A Current-Day Production by Lyric Opera Baltimore
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Featured review from Rutie
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No question, Foust is so applicable to modernization. It has so many "current" themes: seduction resulting in single motherhood, absent father, war, mental illness and breakdown, addiction (to love, to alcohol), religious doubt, and more. So the temptation to update is there, but it should be conducted with caution.
This adaptation took it a little too far. I was fine with the costumes, even the stage design (Flower shop - not garden), and I thought the use of the main structure (Foust's study - to Marguerite’s bedroom) - very clever!
Is Marguerite an independent woman – or a silly love-lorn teenager? Not clear. The aging Faust turns into a heavy-set unattractive not young suitor, and is not convincing as young Foust. The wonderful Waltz sequence is modernized – and lost in translation.
The adaptation needs to be reevaluated.
I LOVE attending opera at the Lyric and I am SO GLAD it resumes performances. It is a wonderful venue for opera with great acoustics (I was told 7 in world ranking), and intimate in size, you see well anywhere in the hall. Also, they make it very attractive to younger audience, and I so enjoy seeing a younger crowd attend my favorite theater, opera. The audience, in return dresses nicely and appropriately: elegant but not over-done.
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This was spectacular! I knew the story of Faust but never saw the opera. Goldstar ticket was an excellent price and I got to sit in the front row, right in front of the orchestra! Hard to see the subtitles way up near the ceiling, but I didn't...continued
by Charles Gounod
based on the novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Sung in French with English surtitles
Gounod’s version of the age-old battle between good and evil is a treasure chest of glorious arias, gorgeous duets, and stirring choruses and ensembles. This production, especially designed to showcase the newly renovated theatre, will take place in contemporary times, giving the powerful story a new and vibrant immediacy.
Faust, jaded and lonely, has sold his soul to the devil in exchange for eternal youth. The innocent Marguerite becomes the pawn in this satanic deal, and she loses everything, including her sanity, as the plot unfolds. This production will offer a new dénouement to the story that will make you experience this opera as you never have before.
Starring: Stefania Dovhan (Marguerite), Bryan Hymel (Faust), Lee Poulis (Valentin), Kristopher Irmiter (Mephistopheles).
Featuring: The Concert Artists of Baltimore Orchestra conducted by James Meena. The production will be conceived and directed by Bernard Uzan in a co-production with Arizona Opera.