Gounod's Faust From London's Royal Opera House

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

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This lush drama by Gounod is surely the most popular musical representation of the immortal story of Faust, a man who confronts both the devil incarnate and the hellish consequences of his own weakness. 

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Gounod's Faust from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in London. Opera aficionados may recall the production from arts columns and insider gossip. It's the show that was to have featured superstar soprano Anna Netrebko, who withdrew at the last minute. As you'll hear, the Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva was a more than able replacement as Marguerite, alongside bass-baritone Bryn Terfel as Méphilsophélès, and tenor Joseph Calleja in the title role.

Cast:

Faust: Joseph Calleja (tenor)
Marguerite: Sonya Yoncheva (soprano) 
Méphistophélès: Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone) 
Valentin: Simon Keenlyside (baritone) 
Siébel: Renata Pokupic (mezzo-soprano)
Wagner: Jihoon Kim (baritone) 
Marthe: Diana Montague (mezzo-soprano)

Royal Opera Orchestra and Chorus 
Maurizio Benini, conductor

Comments [3]

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

GOUNOD knew how to compose music that would optimize the possibilities of the vocal apparatus. So, were Bellini, Donizetti, Puccini, Monteverde and Verdi masters of vocal writing. It takes more technique to sing Wagner, Richard Strauss, Alban Berg, and Arnold Schonberg. GOUNOD's Romeo, like Faust, has been a touchstone for singers since their premieres. I have not heard this performance. I wish them all well.

Jul. 20 2014 10:03 AM

They don't like it when you point out things like that. Sometimes they fix it. Most times they don't. {{Voice of Experience}}

DD~~

Jul. 17 2014 09:29 PM
Robert St.Onge from Cochiti Lake,NM

The conductor's name is 'Maurizio' not Marizio!

Jul. 17 2014 02:28 PM

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