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Live From The Royal Opera House - Gounod: Faust / Gheorghiu

Release Date: 10/05/2010 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 31611  
Composer:  Charles Gounod
Performer:  Sophie KochAngela GheorghiuBryn TerfelRoberto Alagna,   ... 
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden OrchestraRoyal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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

"The performances are excellent. Terfel sings with panache and Gheorghiu, unlike most Marguérites, 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
Read more 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

This production features an all-star, enviable cast including Roberto Algagna, Angela Gheorghiu, Bryn Terfel, Simon Keenlyside and Sophie Koch and is directed by David McVicar, one of the most innovative and in-demand directors. McVicar's lush, haunting vision of Faust received glorious praise. The production revels in gothic, seamy Second French Empire setting, with the Act V ballet "haunting the imagination long after." -The Independent
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Works on This Recording

Faust by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Sophie Koch (Mezzo Soprano), Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano), Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone),
Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Simon Keenlyside (Baritone)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Inspiring! October 24, 2014 By Antoinette L. (Murrells Inlet, SC) See All My Reviews "The mood set is great. Alagna gives an almost athletic performance and sounds so depressed and at the next moment jubilant - very adept. Gheorghiu gives a remarkable interpretation to both sanity and insanity. Truly an inspiring performance all around. Terfel, of course, provides a proper Mephistopheles. Even restored my memory of scenes I had completely forgotten. Enjoy..." Report Abuse
 awesome April 18, 2013 By daniel abrahams (palm bay, FL) See All My Reviews "GREAT SINGING GREAT STAGING THE ONLY FLAW WAS THAT ANGELA DID NOT LOOK LIKE A MARGUERITE" Report Abuse
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