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11 April 2019 - 6 May 2019
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This opening night was in the best ‘the show must go on’ tradition. The original Marguerite, the innocent seduced and then dumped by Faust under instruction from the Devil, withdrew with a slipped
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.
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