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Composer: Gounod, Charles-Francois (1818-1893)

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Year of birth1818
Year of death1893
NationalityFrance
PeriodRomantic
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BerlinFaust

© Matthias Baus
Gounod: Faust
Jacques Lacombe; Philipp Stölzl; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Heike Vollmer; Ursula Kudrna; Valentin Dytyuk; Charles Castronovo

AmsterdamSummerNight at the Opera

© Olga Kachura
Rossini, Puccini, Verdi, Gounod, Tchaikovsky, Delibes, Bizet
Philharmonie Südwestfalen - Landesorchester Nordrhein Westfalen; Kazem Abdullah; Nadine Koutcher; Pavel Valuzhin; Oleksandr Pushniak

SavonlinnaFaust

Gounod: Faust
Philippe Auguin; Vilppu Kiljunen; Kimmo Viskari; Marjukka Tepponen; Tuuli Takala; Jesus Garcia

LivarotAprès un rêve

Fauré, Massenet, Gounod, Saint-Saëns, Hahn, Godard
Ensemble Contraste; Arnaud Thorette; Antoine Pierlot; Johann Farjot

MadridFaustNew production

Faust
Gounod: Faust
Dan Ettinger; Àlex Ollé; Teatro Real; Alfons Flores; Lluc Castells; Marina Rebeka; Irina Lungu
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An unexpected Met debut in Roméo et Juliette

Ailyn Pérez (Juliette) and Andrea Shin (Roméo) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
Bartlett Sher's production of Gounod's Romeo et Juliette returns to the Met. 
***11
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Méphistophélès, the master puppeteer

Christian Van Horn (Méphistophélès) © Cory Weaver
Chicago's new Faust is a quest for youth but also a reflection on insipiration, fabrication and manipulation. 
****1
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Outstanding direction of a fine cast: Faust in Geneva

John Osborn, Ruzan Mantashyan, Marina Viotti, Adam Palka © GTG | Magali Dougados
Plasson shows all his experience; Lavaudant surprises and delights with his direction; a strong cast sing their hearts out. Who can ask for more?
*****
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The Big Bang: a starry launch for Irish National Opera

Orla Boylan, Fergus Sheil, Anna Devin and the RTE National Symphony Orchestra © Ste Murray
The biggest stigma associated with opera in Ireland is not that it is an elitist art form, but that it is not “Irish”, and that it doesn’t belong to Irish culture, more of a recent import, like pasta, or avocado.
*****
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Alain Altinoglu and the Chicago Symphony find beauty in rarely trodden territory

Alain Altinoglu © Marco Borggreve
Celebrating its 60th anniversary, the Chicago Symphony Chorus made this evening truly distinctive.
****1
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