Magazine article Opera Canada

Faust

Magazine article Opera Canada

Faust

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Vancouver Opera tempted fate by bringing back Gounod's Faust (seen Apr. 25) in a new, ambitious, avant-garde production, but the company managed to send the Devil packing. Nicholas Muni's direction was faithful to the score while adding many original and fresh ideas. The setting was brought forward to the Victorian era, resulting in a production that had more in common with today without pushing credibility. Various scenes were excitingly developed. The opening scene, for instance, had Faust confined to a single, windowless room, surrounded by his lifetime of research scrawled on the walls. With Mephistopheles's arrival, the room split into two, opening up onto a new world. Those halves became a constant part of the action, and the stage itself was surrounded by projections of Faust's writings, so the connection between his actions and his destiny was always present. This was just one of many moments that pulled this Faust into the realm of true theatre, thanks not only to Muni's direction but also superb visual and lighting effects.

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The cast seemed to be inspired by its surroundings. …

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