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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad For an Updated Version, 7 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Faust: Metropolitan Opera (Nézet-Séguin) [DVD] [2014] [NTSC] (DVD)
I watched this on sky arts, it works surprisingly well but not without a number of anomalies.
To put it into perspective it works better than Wiener Staatsoper where Marguerite is a nun! It also works better than Teatro Coccia with Tonsini and Rigosa, In this the witches sabbath involves some strange activities in their underwear.
Back to the current review, The three leads are excellent, Rene Pape leads with a marvelous rendition of Mephistopheles Paplovskaya is a charmingly rural Marguerete and Kaufmann pretty good as Faust. Some very good voices and credible character representation. Other roles are also well sung with a special mention fir Michelle Losier as Siegel.
Highlights are Pape with "The Golden Calf" and the dance sequence at the end of act 1.
The sets however are something to be desired, They include a laboratory, a square in the town, a cardboard cutout of a house, a prison and a condemned cage. Non of these are of any note, often being suggestive rather than definitive.
The singer sewing machine in act 2 is a real star.
Paplovskayas Jewel song is a treat, such easy singing is a real treat.
The soldiers chorus in act 3 is also rather good.
The witches sabbath of beggars round a nuclear bomb looks incongruous and falls rather flat.
Lab technicians from act 1 appear from time to time and change the set.
At the end Marguerete climbs a scaffold to heaven and Faust drops dead in his lab.
Try the Royal Opera House version with Alagna and Tervil.
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Initial post: 19 Mar 2015, 15:27:16 GMT
Glilla Bear says:
Sadly, I saw the Alagna and Gheorghiu version on TV; cannot stand Alagna's metallic tone, something shared, in my view, by other popular tenors around at the moment, not least Flores. So, I'll go for the Kaufmann.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 May 2015, 04:33:13 BST
Tanith Panic says:
I've only seen up to Act 3 of this one, but don't mind spoilers - can't see a witches' sabbath round a nuclear bomb being anything but chilling. Love the anti-war overtones of what I've seen so far.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 May 2015, 16:00:14 BST
I. Zaneres says:
thanks for the comment, the nuclear bomb bit is chilling, but warming if it went off!
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