La Damnation de Faust

Modified Rapture

Two events in the past week or so, each presenting something to chew on… (more…)

Berlioz and Gilliam fight it out for Faust

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…)