Past Event27 Aug 2017

The Damnation of Faust

No longer available

Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall

Classical music

Edo de Waart - Conductor
Eric Owens - Méphistophéles
Andrew Staples - Faust
James Clayton - Brander
Alisa Kolosova - Marguerite
With the Freemasons New Zealand Opera Chorus

Hector Berlioz’s fantastical metaphysical drama The Damnation of Faust is neither opera, nor oratorio, nor song cycle nor symphony. Instead it thrives in the theatre of the imagination, creating a magical world of dancing sylphs and demonic devils in technicolour musical detail.

British tenor Andrew Staples' recent performance in the title role was described as ‘an absolute revelation’. Undoubtedly one of the greatest bass-baritones in the world, the award-winning Eric Owens will perform the intoxicatingly demonic role of Méphistophélès. Mezzo-soprano Alisa Kolosova joins this extraordinary cast as Marguerite.

With the beautifully resonant bass of James Clayton as Brander and the acclaimed New Zealand Opera Chorus, this extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime event must not be missed.

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