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Performer: Terry Gilliam

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Gilliam's Damnation de Faust reaches the Staatsoper

Charles Castronovo (Faust), Magdalena Kožená (Marguerite) and Florian Boesch (Méphistophélès) © Matthias Baus
There's no faulting the execution, but the former Python's take on Berlioz's dramatic legend is worryingly inconsistent in tone. 
***11
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Terry Gilliam’s spectacular Benvenuto Cellini arrives in Amsterdam

The task sounded Herculean: turning Benvenuto Cellini, that reputedly difficult, flawed work by Berlioz, into an utterly entertaining show that renders justice to its youthfully energetic music. This is what Terry Gilliam manages to pull off... and it is nothing short of miraculous.
****1
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Terry Gilliam strikes gold for ENO

“He’s not an opera director. He’s a very naughty boy!” Three years after his surreal Damnation of Faust, Terry Gilliam tackles more Berlioz for English National Opera in the shape of Benvenuto Cellini, striking gold again.
*****
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Terry Gilliam reinvents Berlioz's reinvention of Goethe's Faust

When Hector Berlioz first read Gérard de Nerval's translation of Goethe's Faust, he was entranced: he could not put the book down and worked it into a suite entitled Eight Scenes from Faust. Nearly twenty years later, he came back to the material and expanded it into a larger work La Damnation de Faust, but he was perhaps uncertain as to exactly what it was he had created.
****1
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Cellini infondu : le Gilliam’s Flying Circus ne suffit pas

© Agathe Poupeney | Opéra national de Paris
Nouvelle production du rare opéra de Berlioz, Benvenuto Cellini, à l'Opéra Bastille. Mise en scène spectaculaire de Terry Gilliam.
***11
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Benvenuto Cellini, Bienvenue Berlioz, Welcome Gilliam

El Gran Teatre del Liceu presenta, ante una gran expectación, Benvenuto Cellini de la mano de Terry Gilliam. Tras una intensa campaña promocional, asistimos a un gran éxito de la temporada, con Josep Pons en la dirección musical y John Osborn y Kathryn Lewek en los roles principales.
****1
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