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4 March 2014
Poet and author joins rehearsals and performances for Faustian Pack series in March and April 2014.
3 February 2014
There are already at least 40 operatic adaptations of the Faust legend, so why has The Royal Opera commissioned two more?
To complement the revival of Gounod's Faust on the main stage, the Linbury Studio Theatre hosts two contemporary retellings of Goethe's classic legend, Luke Bedford's Through His Teeth, and Matthew Herbert's The Crackle.
The quirky, sad and singular soundworld of Matthew Herbert has won him devoted acolytes the world over. Bespoke electronics and live music interplay in The Crackle, another step along Herbert's voracious fascination with sound. He incorporates sound sampled from everywhere – suckling pigs, exploding bombs – in music that is at once introspective, thought-provoking and joyful.