Succumb to Mephistopheles power in this lavish, opulent, thrilling production. Visually stunning, musically glorious, with three superb leading performers, this is a magical highlight of this year’s Opera Australia season.
The Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra under the energetic, dynamic and enthusiastic baton of maestro GuillaumeTourniaire delivered a lustrous, splendid performance of Gounod’s lush, hugely expansive score with an edgy tempo.The ensemble chorus work, under the direction of Anthony Hunt, was inspiring and well-balanced.
The plot of Gounod’s opera is deeply rooted in religion, superstition and morality. In Charles Francois Gounod’s opera, aged and despairing philosopher Faust (Michael Fabiano) sells his soul to the devil, Mephistopheles (Teddy Tahu Rhodes), in exchange for youth and the chance to pursue a beautiful innocent, Margeurite (Nicole Car). Continue reading Faust @ The Dame Joan→
This new Opera Australia production, directed by Roger Hodgman, of Verdi’s 1851 much loved work replaces the Elijah Moshinsky version and is very exciting . The plot and dramatic structure of Rigoletto is simultaneously sordid and absorbing with its overtones of excess, lasciviousness and its explorations of underlying psychological familial trauma – a story filled with lust, mixed identities and death.
The set designs by Richard Roberts are marvelous, full of russet , autumnal tones, and amazingly rich detail on the heavy doors, as an example. They are wonderfully evocative of Mantua in the 16th Century.