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In five acts complete with ballet (choreography, refreshingly sharp and narky, by Michael Keegan-Dolan), Faust trundles along ponderously then grabs you with its melodic set-piece arias and big ensemb
In all these guises, Mephistopheles is sung and acted with great power by the Uruguayan bass-baritone Erwin Schrott, who brings a wonderful devilish swagger to the role.
McVicar’s signature testosterone-fuelled theatricality provides the glue that (just about) holds this riotously camp extravaganza together.
A stand-in soprano saved the day for the Royal Opera — and gave this latest revival of David McVicar’s flamboyant staging an added frisson.
To lose one Marguerite may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two looks like carelessness. But, with the ROH Gounod’s Faust seemingly heading for ruin, salvation came in the form of an eleventh-ho
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