1 800 222 6872

Gounod: Faust / Gheorghiu, Alagna, Terfel, Pappano [2 DVD]

Album Summary

>Gounod, Charles : Faust
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Angela Gheorghiu stars as Marguerite alongside a divine cast of operatic superstars, including Roberto Alagna, Bryn Terfel, Simon Keenlyside and Sophie Koch, in David McVicar's spectacular 2004 production of Gounod's best known opera, 'Faust', for the Royal Opera House in London. This production was the Royal Opera Company's first performance of Gounod's 'Faust' in 18 years. Gounod's 'Faust' is the story of a scholar who sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for unlimited knowledge and worldly indulgences. McVicar's innovative production sets this story around the time of the Franco-Prussian War (1870) in the gothic, seamy underbelly of Paris. He characterizes Faust, performed by Roberto Alagna, as a man both torn between the theater and religion, and grappling with his own sexuality.

"This is opera at its grandest and best." - The Wall Street Journal

"The performances are excellent. Terfel sings with panache and Gheorghiu, unlike most Marguerites, is capable of encompassing both the lyricism of the love scenes and the horror of her subsequent descent into insanity. The real revelation, however, is Alagna, who gives the performance of a lifetime, physically daring - he celebrates Faust's new-found youth by cartwheeling round the stage - and vocally and dramatically responsive to every psychological shift... Funny, erotic and disturbing by turns, Faust makes for a compelling evening." - The Guardian

"David McVicar's spectacular reinvention of this 19th-century warhorse...Among the most stylish performances was that of Simon Keenlyside as Valentin...Bryn Terfel... gave Mephistopheles a believable domineering menace without compromising the splendour of the voice. Sophie Koch made a fetching moment of Siebel's exquisite number... Alagna... achieving a kind of elegance as well as energy; Gheorghiu eloquent and fluent from the start, the 'Jewel Song' supple and eager rather than flashy." - The Independent

"The Royal Opera scores another bull's-eye with David McVicar's gorgeous and intelligent staging of a Victorian warhorse." -The Daily Telegraph

"[Terfel's] is a performance that won't be forgotten by those privileged to see it. His mere stage presence is electrifying...Mr. Terfel is capable of modulating from a sung sigh to the crack of thunder, with no loss of control or beauty." - The Wall Street Journal



Reviews

There are currently no reviews, be the first one!
Login or Create an Account to write a review
 

Also Purchased



Previous


Next


Works Details

>Gounod, Charles : Faust
  • Performers: Bryn Terfel (Bass); Sophie Koch (Mezzo Soprano); Simon Keenlyside (Baritone); Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano); Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Anthony Pappano
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1859