Gounod's Faust

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Gounod's sumptuous retelling of the Faust legend returned to the San Francisco Opera stage after an absence of a decade and a half, in a Lyric Opera of Chicago production by Robert Perdziola.

The cast features bass-baritone John Relyea as Mephistopheles, soprano Patricia Racette as the doomed Marguerite, mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook as Marthe, mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack as Siebel and Stefano Secco as Faust.


Faust    Stefano Secco
Mephistopheles  John Relyea
Marguerite   Patricia Racette
Wagner   Austin Kness
Siebel    Daniela Mack
Valentin   Brian Mulligan
Marthe    Catherine Cook


CONDUCTOR:  Maurizio Benini
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Jose Maria Condemi



Comments [5]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

FAUST is one opera that many have seen in performance or heard on radio, records or TV. GREAT MASTERPIECES live on. The San Francisco Opera lived up to its considerable past reputation with this performance. KUDOS TO ALL INVOLVED !!! HAPPY HANNUKAH, MERRY XMAS AND HAPPY NERW YEAR !!! HANDEL'S ORATORIOS ARE THE MOST REVERED OF HIS COMPOSITIONS. ONE THAT IS NOT AS OFTEN PERFORMED AS IT DESERVES TO BE IS HIS "JUDAS MACCABAEUS." ITS "SOUND AN ALARM"' IS STIRRING. IT'S MY CLOSING SELECTION ON MY SOLO DEBUT IN THE ISAAC STERN AUDITORIUM OF CARNEGIE HALL CONCERT "{LIVE" ON MY VALHALLA RECORDS CD AND MAY BE DOWNLOADED FROM MY THREE WEBSITES. My cousin MICHAEL BLANKFORT wrote both the books and screenplays for the 1953 film THE JUGGLER Hollywood film made in Israel starring KIRK DOUGLAS and the 1950 Hollywood film BROKEN ARROW starring JAMES STEWART and JEFF CHANDLER [Cochise]. The music for THE JUGGLER was composed by opera composer GEORGE ANTHEIL, in whose opera VOLPONE I sang the tenor leading role [Mosca] in its professional world premiere in NEW YORK in 1953. ANTHEIL, famous for his opera TRANSATLANTIC and BALLET MECHANIQUE looked exactly like Peter Lorre. I am a romantischer heldentenor. I have sung four solo concerts in the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall. As part of my Ten Language Solo Debut concert at the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall, I opened my three hour concert with the Invocazione di Orfeo from Jacopo Peri's opera EURIDICE composed in 1600, the first opera, composed in the same year as Shakespeare wrote HAMLET. It can be heard from the live performance on my three websites, www.WagnerOpera.com, , www.ShakespeareOpera.com, and www.RichardWagnerMusicDramaInstitute.com. It received rave critical notices in newspapers and magazines. My voice teachers were the legendary MET OPERA singers Alexander Kipnis, Friedrich Schorr, Martial Singher, John Brownlee, Karin Branzell and Margarete Matzenauer. In another commentary on wqxr.org one commented about all operas that were once NEW but now not new and therefore should be relegated to museum status. As an opera composer myself ["Shakespeare" and "The Political Shakespeare"] I fully comprehend the assumed urgency of recognition of the still living. However, it's important to revere and enjoy the MASTERPIECES of art, music, literature, architecture and science in its multiple formats . I am the director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute in Boonton, NJ where I train actors in all the Shakespeare roles and big-voiced singers in all the Wagner opera roles.

Dec. 09 2012 10:47 AM

What gorgeous melodies - one after the other. A joy to listen to. Beautifully performed. No wonder the Germans didn't like a Frenchman messing with Dr. Faustus. What a gem!

Sep. 22 2012 02:52 PM
Jerry from San Jose, Costa Rica


Sep. 22 2012 02:49 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

Thanks Mr. Eisenberg.

Sep. 22 2012 02:07 PM
Larry Eisenberg from New York City

Guonod's Faust? A tonal delight!
A good cast is doing it right!
The fate of Marguerite
Makes it all bitter sweet,
The message, alas, isn't trite.

Sep. 22 2012 01:28 PM

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