Such a lot has already been written about ENO’s The Damnation of Faust, the rather shapeless but lovable piece of Berlioz that has been panel-beaten into a concept by Terry Gilliam. It was a really good evening at the theatre. Not sure it did Berlioz very much good, though.
It’s always been a problem, as many have remarked: not an opera, not an oratorio, but a ‘legende dramatique‘. When composers start inventing new terms for their dramatic – and not so dramatic – works, preparations should be made for an unconventional evening out. Bühnenweihfestspiel, anyone? (more…)