Berlioz and Beelzebub- A Tale of 2!
Great Read…. I am LOVIN this compare and contrast commentary of The Metropolitan Opera’s October 2009 production of Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust with The Lyric Opera of Chicago’s recent, March 2010 production of the same opera. The aficionados at Operaticus.com are killing me with the excellent, thought-provoking content this week…..
The fantastic orchestral and choral music in La Damnation de Faust must make it a tantalizing prospect for opera conductors looking to tackle a piece outside of the standard repertory. Directors, likewise, must see in Damnation—an oratorio, with a poetic narrative—something enticingly malleable, a work on which to leave their mark. How else to explain two major new mountings in the US during the past two years—at The Met by Robert LePage in 2008-9 and more recently at the Lyric Opera of Chicago by Stephen Langridge—of a work that is fundamentally flawed from a dramatic perspective and probably best left in the concert hall? A (costly) staging of a work that doesn’t necessarily thrive on stage is a perplexing choice for any opera company nowadays. John Costello continues to rock. Get more…. http://operaticus.com/la_damnation_de_faust_chicago_lyric_metropolitan_opera_review.html