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Gallery: Bryn Terfel recording the voice of Méphistophélès for The Crackle

Welsh bass-baritone's voice to be used in Matthew Herbert’s new opera.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

2 April 2014 at 12.59pm | 1 Comment

Star bass-baritone Bryn Terfel has recorded the voice of Méphistophélès for Matthew Herbert’s The Crackle, a contemporary operatic adaptation of Faust that mixes live music with bespoke electronics.

Bryn, who is also performing the role of Méphistophélès on the main stage in Gounod’sFaust, attended a recording session with Matthew, conductor Tim Murray, assistant conductor Tim Burke, and tenor Andrew Dickinson last week. The recording of his voice will be sampled and played throughout the opera.

Matthew has chosen to explore the Faustian myth in the context of a technological revolution, and incorporates new digital technologies into the music, including a data-sharing app called Chirp

The Crackle is performed alongside Luke Bedford’s Through His Teeth as part of Faustian Pack, a series that explores fascinating legend of Faust. Find out more from Associate Director of Opera John Fulljames.

The Crackle runs from 5-12 April 2014. Tickets are still available.

Through His Teeth runs from 3-11 April 2014. Tickets are available.

The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from The John S Cohen Foundation, the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, the Boltini Trust and the RVW Trust, with Research and Development generously supported by PRS for Music Foundation.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

2 April 2014 at 12.59pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged A Faustian Pack, Bryn Terfel, by Matthew Herbert, Méphistophélès, Production, recording, Rehearsal, sampling, The Crackle, The Royal Opera

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  1. All best for this - very daring!

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