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Performer: Frank Castorf

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Gounod in the Time of Corona: Frank Castorf's many-layered Faust

Faust and Méphistophélès pal around like buddies in Castorf's multi-media staging, the devil here less diabolical and more anarchistic party-boy. 
****1
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Verdi Wars: Frank Castorf’s Forza del destino at Deutsche Oper

Audience uproar brings a much needed sense of theatre to a disappointing production of Verdi’s middle-period epic.

**111
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House arrested: Janáček's last opera in Munich

The profusion of images and ideas in Frank Castorf's Bavarian Staatsoper production of From the House of the Dead threatens to rob Janáček's opera of its humanity.
***11
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Devil in the detail: Gounod's Faust in Stuttgart

A thrilling new staging of Gounod's opera from the team that brought Bayreuth its current Ring, with musical rewards to match.
*****
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Twilight zone: a stirring Bayreuth Götterdämmerung

Frank Castorf's controversial but supremely well-cast Ring cycle is provocative to the last.
****1
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Croc work: Siegfried teases at Bayreuth

Visual references both incongruous and perceptive abound in the third instalment of Bayreuth's musically triumphant Ring cycle.
****1
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