Faust on screen
Alejo Pérez’s debut with the Vienna Philharmonic at the 2016 Salzburg Festival, leading Reinhard von der Thannen’s new production of Charles Gounod’s Faust, was praised as “a great achievement” (Online Musik Magazin). Now, the acclaimed production, featuring Piotr Beczala in the title role of Goethe’s tragic hero, is available to relive on DVD.
Following the opera’s premiere performance in August 2016, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung wrote that “Peréz created a distinctness from the velvety tone of the Viennese players, characteristic of the French need for clarity. (...) Instead of grand drama, he created an atmosphere where every individual moment was sensuous. (...) The performance had no pretensions of philosophical meaning – it was just opera. However, it was great opera.” The live recording is released on EuroArts.
Faust – Salzburg Festival