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What did you think of David McVicar’s production of Gounod’s grand opera?

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

5 April 2014 at 12.51pm | 17 Comments

What did you think of Faust?

Faust runs until 25 April - tickets are still available.

Faust is a co-production with Opéra de Monte Carlo, Opéra de Lille and Fondazione Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi, Trieste
Production staged with generous philanthropic support from David Hancock, Spindrift Al Swaidi, Martin and Jane Houston, Mr and Mrs Christopher W.T. Johnston, The Tsukanov Family Foundation, The Connoisseurs’ Series and The Friends of Covent Garden

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

5 April 2014 at 12.51pm

This article has been categorised Music, Opera and tagged Bryn Terfel, by David Mc Vicar, Faust, grand opera, Production, Simon Keenlyside, Sonya Yoncheva, The Royal Opera

This article has 17 comments

  1. John responded on 5 April 2014 at 2:23pm Reply

    Absolutely stunning production and performance from everyone last night! BRAVO!
    Sonya Yoncheva was absolutely incredible! What a voice and stage presence! I will go for more!

  2. Sonya Yoncheva was stunning! In the end, was happy Netrebko decided to pull out as it gave me the opportunity to hear this wonderful Bulgarian soprano. Needless to say, the rest of the cast was in great form, Terfel, Calleja and Keenlyside - what more could you ask for. Orchestra conducted by Benini was also a real pleasure. I'm looking forward to seeing Yoncheva next season in La Traviata.

  3. Alice Poulsen responded on 5 April 2014 at 3:34pm Reply

    An AWESOME night at ROH, tonight!! The "boys" were amazing and Sondra completely rocked the house. Bravo all around .............. cannot wait to see it again!

  4. karen b responded on 5 April 2014 at 10:13pm Reply

    My first Faust, absolutely loved it. Simon Keenlyside wonderful, as always, and a real treat to see Bryn Terfel having fun as the devil. For me though the triumph of the night was Sonya Yoncheva. Eat your heart out Anna Netrebko!

  5. M Di Francesco responded on 5 April 2014 at 11:40pm Reply

    Even though I had seen the previous cast (Grigolo Georghiu Hvorovstosky Pape) and had better seats back then, this second time was "the" one, I was totally entranced despite the cheesy rhymes (they are in French anyway), Calleja and Yoncheva were superbly matched, Keenlyside totally authentic and what to say about Terfel - best Mephisto, ranging from scary to hilarious, loving his role! Superb dancing btw, as befits a Grand Opera...
    I now need to say... What was all the fuss about Vêpres Siciliennes set in an opera house, with a pregnant ballerina, and baritone in drag with a black ball dress? Faust had been there first!!

  6. Desi responded on 6 April 2014 at 10:24am Reply

    One of the best operas I have attended for a while! Staging was clever but not overpowering, the singers and orchestra in top shape! Congrats to Sonya Yoncheva - it takes a lot of courage to take the role, knowing that you will be compared to Netrebko. Yoncheva showed not only a powerful and beautiful voice, but also an impressive stage presence! Bravo to everyone involved!

  7. Anne Aldridge responded on 7 April 2014 at 4:40pm Reply

    Glad to see all the positive comments but I must add that Gounod writes splendidly for the voice and is wonderful for singers!

  8. W J Owen responded on 8 April 2014 at 11:31am Reply

    I paid for entertainment and on Monday I got entertainment. Those who returned tickets as Netrebko wasn't singing missed a treat . Yoncheva sang, lived and breathed the part. Bryn was as usual terrific, a wonderful blend of cheekiness and evil (da iawn Mr Jones) . Calleja's voice was a joy to listen to. Keenlyside was also impressive..... And with the delicious Eric Underwood doing a great Fred Astaire routine, what's not to like? Those involved in creating new opera productions should watch this as a masterclass in how to satisfy an audience.

  9. Sanmikela responded on 9 April 2014 at 1:02am Reply

    Absolutely stunning production and performance from everyone last night! THANK YOY ALL!

  10. stephen ratcliffe responded on 15 April 2014 at 9:07am Reply

    Really enjoyed last night's show. Everyone was top of their game. Ms Voulgaridou was a lovely singer. Mr Calleja's top C in his aria was amazing and Mr Terfel light's up the stage. Congratulations to all

  11. Nigel Jones responded on 18 April 2014 at 11:52am Reply

    What a fantastic performance. Can there ever have been a more entertaining Mephistopheles? And a superb mix of acting, singing and performance throughout, led by an incredibly strong headline cast. Thank you to all involved!

  12. Renee Pivot responded on 21 April 2014 at 9:40am Reply

    What a disappointment coming from the centre of France to see Anna Netrebko on April the 11th perform in Faust and not having been told about the cast change! The production was beautiful but unfortunately we had come for Netrebko not the greek soprano we got that evening! A long costly trip! we would have appreciated to have been notified.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 21 April 2014 at 12:17pm

      Dear Renee

      We sent an email notification to all ticket holders. Are you able to receive emails from the ROH? It might be worth checking your spam filters.

      Hope that you still had an enjoyable evening - unfortunately artists do sometimes need to withdraw. For future reference, you may find this page useful: it lists significant cast changes:

      Best wishes


  13. Roger Harris responded on 23 April 2014 at 8:56pm Reply

    Loved Faust on 22nd. Enjoyed it more than before thanks to a superb cast. Impressed by Sonya Yoncheva and hope to see her again soon

  14. Lucy McCaul responded on 25 April 2014 at 7:25pm Reply

    The perfomers were all magnificent, as was the music. I felt that some of the additions by the revival director were unnecessary and a bit odd (if Marguerite was working at the Cabaret, where would Faust escort her to?) But overall it was a stunning evening's opera. Bravi!

  15. Graham Feakins responded on 27 April 2014 at 4:33am Reply

    I first saw Faust in 1983 with Alfredo Kraus (superb), when a seat in the Orchestra Stalls cost £24 (but let's not go there). This latest production (3rd time for me) is equally as magnificent, perhaps better in detail. Whatever, do try to revive again soon - I have friends to bring who have never seen it!

    P.S. I rarely rely on 'names', as the ROH seemingly always finds suitable substitutes, fortunately, should the intended artist(e) need to withdraw. Sometimes better than the intended one!

  16. DR RICHARD WALSH responded on 27 April 2014 at 9:22pm Reply

    Congratulations to the ROH - Faust on the 25th and LT on the 26th.
    Singing and orchestration of the highest quality.
    Dr Walsh.

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