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Faust

Opens: 13/10/2012 Closes: 23/11/2012 UK Tour
Charles Gounod’s 19th century opera becomes a modern American fable in the hands of directors Rob Kearley and Ran Braun, but their hi-tech production – including projections by Berlin-based video artist Lillevan – looks like it might be slightly wide of the mark. Peter Auty stars as Faust, in this case a disgruntled Wall Street type, and the cast abounds with Republicans, Pro-lifers and business execs. For more information visit: http://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/faust
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The Independent“Bringing Faust into the 21st century...” Oddly, this moral muddle scarcely disturbs a robust and persuasive reading of the score by conductor Stratford. Lillevan's flickering images of dirty politics and private angst move in approximate parallel to Gounod's velvet and organza textures...
 
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Financial Times“Opera North is always worth a visit...” "The fact that the show still packs a punch is entirely due to Gounod..."
 
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Guardian“Opera North may well have a controversy on their hands...” "We were very clear about it being contemporary from the beginning,"...There are some fine performances, though Lascarro's voice has lost some of its lustre since I last heard her, and Bronikowski struggles with some of his high notes...
 
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The Telegraph“Opera North's staging of Gounod's Faust is ghastly” "When will opera directors wise up to the fact that simply translating something into a modern context doesn’t automatically open up resonance or relevance, let alone plausibility?..." why do opera audiences need to be spoon-fed interpretation?...
 
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