Metropolitan Opera Replaces Next Season's Revival of La Damnation de Faust Staging with Concert Performances of Berlioz Work
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8 June 2019

Metropolitan Opera Replaces Next Season's Revival of La Damnation de Faust Staging with Concert Performances of Berlioz Work

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA announced today that it plans to replace seven staged performances of Berlioz's Damnation de Faust that had been scheduled for next season with four concert presentations of the work. 

The company cited "unanticipated technical demands" in remounting Robert Lepage's video-heavy production, which proved "impossible to accommodate within the already crowded production schedule." 

LePage's staging first premiered at the Met in 2008 and is based on a co-production of the Saito Kinen Festival and the Opéra National de Paris. It features set designs by Carl Fillion and interactive video designs by Holger Förterer. According to the New York Times, the Met's decision to not revive the production came after officials determined that elements of the show would have to be revamped to confirm to newer industry safety standards, that its automated mechanical systems would also require refurbishment and that its video projections would need to be updated as well. 

Performances of the staged production had been scheduled to take the Met stage on Jan 25, 29, Feb 1, 4, 8, 12 and 15. Now, concert performances of Berlioz's légende dramatique will take place on Jan 25, 29, Feb 1 and 8 under the baton of Edward Gardner. The cast will include mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča, bass Ildar Abdrazakov, and tenors Bryan Hymel (Jan 25, 29) and Michael Spyres (Feb 1, 8), who will share the title role. spacer 

More information can be found at The Metropolitan Opera.



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