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Jonas Kaufmann leads an all-star cast in a thrilling performance of Gounod’s melodrama.
”Mr. Kaufmann, a Met superstar... was a handsome, vocally splendid Faust. He sang the pensive and romantic passages with veiled dusky colorings and tender lyricism, and unleashed pent-up power in full-bodied phrases, capped by fearless high notes.”- The New York Times
Double Tony Award winning stage director Desmond McAnuff’s production, hailed by the New York Times as “rich with ideas and theatrically daring”, presents Faust as an atomic scientist inhabiting a dark world shot through with Cold War resonances. Alongside
Kaufmann, a typically gold-standard Met cast includes the “phenomenal” Rene Pape as Mephistopheles and the “ideally-suited” Marina Poplavskaya as Marguerite. Star conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin draws an “elegant, darkly textured performance” from the Metropolitan Opera orchestra.
Works on This Recording
Faust by Charles Gounod
Marina Poplavskaya (Soprano),
Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor),
René Pape (Bass)
Metropolitan Opera Chorus,
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Written: 1859; France
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