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Double Tony Award winning stage director Desmond McAnuff s production, hailed by the New York Times as rich with ideas and theatrically daring , presents Faust as an atomic scientist inhabiting a dark world shot through with Cold War resonances.
Alongside Kaufmann, a typically gold-standard Met cast includes the phenomenal René Pape as Méphistophélès and the ideally-suited Marina Poplavskaya as Marguerite.
Star conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin draws an elegant, darkly textured performance from the Metropolitan Opera orchestra.
Also released in March 2014 is Werther on Blu-Ray featuring Jonas Kaufmann
Actors: Jonas Kaufmann, René Pape, Marina Poplavskaya, Orchestra & Chorus of The Metropolitan Opera, Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Directors: Des McAnuff
Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
Subtitles: English, French, Chinese, Korean
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Number of discs: 2
Rated: NR Not Rated
DVD Release Date: March 25, 2014
Run Time: 100 minutes
on July 7, 2016
By Q. Walder
Each and everyone of the performers came up with a convincing performance.
on January 20, 2017
By Charles H. J. Johnson
An excellent productin
on May 22, 2016
Excellent performance with excellent singers. Staging is acceptable.
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on May 13, 2014
By W. J. Yoder
Superb singing and enough to scare the Hell out of anyone. The only detracting comment would be that Bryn Terfel’s Mephestopheles in the 2011 Royal Opera House beat out Rene Pape by an inch. Bryn Terfel in drag as the Queen of Hell just can’t be beat. Jonas Kaufmann and Marina Poplavskaya, on the other hand, were tops. And nothing can beat the Metropolitan Orchestra and chorus. A superb production.
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on April 16, 2014
By Steve S.
Kaufman could sing the life of a stone and move the listener to tears—-so you can imagine what Faust is like in his hands—unbelievably moving!!! Papas plays a Mephistopheles as terrifyingly evil as can ever be imagined in view of his oh so casual veneer–Heinrich Heine’s “Ich rief den Teufel und er kam” personified! And that voice! Marina Poplavskaya is riveting and has a purity of voice that is a perfect match for the character. The updating of the action works surprisingly well and sets one thinking about the banality of evil surrounding us today. The orchestra is wonderful and the camera work is superb. The whole thing is simply wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. This is an amazing production to be watched again and again and again.
on January 30, 2017
By Paul LaRocca
This beautiful opera is beautifully sung
on November 10, 2014
By Gabriella Veleba Bondy
This beautiful opera is beautifully sung, but the first disc of my copy is flawed.
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