The Bucksbaum Family Lyric Opera Broadcasts continue this Saturday, June 26, at noon with a performance of The Damnation of Faust by Hector Berlioz, based on Goethe's dramatic poem Faust. The opera will be sung in French and will run approximately two hours and thirty minutes.
Wildly ahead of its time, Faust's pact with the devil has inspired scores of compositions, but none match the grandeur and scope of Berlioz's extravaganza. Like a film, it moves at lightning speed from scene to scene — from enchanted forests to Heaven to Hell. Like a dream, it's filled with wondrous beings, from angels to creatures that would frighten Satan himself.
Paul Groves "delivers the full range of Faust's character from suicidal depression to ecstatic love..." Classics Today
Susan Graham "is a wonderful Marguerite, singing breathtakingly and unforgettably...and John Relyea is a visually commanding Méphistophélès, mixing stentorian power with seductive lyricism." The New York Times