Sir David McVicar’s grand production of
Australia sets the
opera in the composer’s own time: the decadence and debauchery of 1870s
Paris. Between towering cathedral columns and the crumbling proscenium arch
of the theatre, Faust’s terrible pact plays out in all of its sinister splendour.
Faust is grand opera
at its very best, with a hefty dose of theatricality and wit from a director
renowned for his nuanced productions. French maestro Guillaume Tourniaire
leads an exciting cast. Saimir Pirgu sings the title role with the
impossibly young Kazakh soprano, Maria Mudryak, as Marguerite.
Rhodes is dazzling as Méphistophélès.
Melbourne: State Theatre,
Arts Centre Melbourne - 7pm 27th & 29th November, 3rd & 5th December; 12.30pm
7th December 2019
Sydney: Joan Sutherland Theatre,
Sydney Opera House
- 7pm 10th, 14th, 20th, 26th & 29th February, 6th & 11th March; 12.30pm 22nd