Gounod: Faust (Blu-Ray) – Michael Fabiano, Erwin Schrott, Irina Lungu

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Gounod: Faust (Blu-Ray) – Michael Fabiano, Erwin Schrott, Irina Lungu

Composer: Charles Gounod
Artists: Michael Fabiano, Erwin Schrott, Irina Lungu, Germán E. Alcántara, Stéphane Degout, Marta Fontanals-Simmons, Carole Wilson, Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Dan Ettinger
Director: David McVicar
Format: Blu-Ray
Language: French
Subtitles: English, French, German, Korean, Japanese
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: Opus Arte
Blu-Ray Release Date: March 26, 2021
Run Time: 178 minutes; plus 8 minutes bonus material

Disillusioned with life, the aged philosopher Faust calls upon Satan to help him. The devil Méphistophélès appears and strikes a bargain with the philosopher: Faust can have youth and the love of the beautiful Marguerite, but only in exchange for his soul...

Gounod’s masterpiece is given the grandest of Royal Opera stagings in David McVicar’s richly layered and theatrically exuberant production, with the drama moved to Second Empire Paris, spectacular sets and costumes, and extensive dance. Michael Fabiano as a seductively witty Faust, Erwin Schrott as a devilish Méphistophélès and Irina Lungu as a passionate Marguerite are joined by a cast of Royal Opera favorites. Dan Ettinger conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in Gounod’s gloriously tuneful score.

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Charles Gounod’s Faust

A sumptuously Romantic adaptation of one of the most enduring myths in Western culture, Faust had its premiere in Paris in 1859. The story of the aging scientist who sells his soul to the devil in return for knowledge and youth has inspired countless versions in many genres, most famously Goethe’s towering drama. Faust opened the first Metropolitan Opera House on Broadway and 39th Street in October 1883 and for many years remained the company’s most frequently performed opera. Des McAnuff’s 2011 production updates the action to the first half of the 20th century, with Faust as a nuclear scientist at the end of World War II who revisits the ill-fated decisions of his youth.

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Really liked this. Really!

I must have seen at least 10+ productions of Faust, in-person or on video. This production of Faust is a taunt, realistic and no frills affair. I've watched it multiple times and really enjoy it. The performers aren't box office names (to me), but they gave an exceptional performance. I highly recommend this anyone who would enjoy yet another version of this classic opera.

jtk21012, August 2022
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