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Radio Broadcast of Faust this evening!
11 Feb 2012
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This evening at 19.30 german time on German radio Deutschlandradio Kultur will be broadcasted a recording of Faust from 24.9.11!

Link to the radio: http://www.dradio.de/dkultur/programmtipp/konzert/1659636/

On the rigth there is written LIVE STREAM and there are different options to listen to the radio.

The cast:

Faust – Vittorio Grigolo, Tenor
Méphistophélès – René Pape, Bass
Marguerite – Angela Gheorghiu, Soprano
Valentin – Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Baritone
Wagner – Daniel Grice, Baritone
Siebel – Michèle Losier, Mezzosoprano
Marthe – Carole Wilson, Mezzosoprano

Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conduction: Evelino Pidò

Here synopsis and historical news about the opera:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faust_(opera)

Some reviews :) All ravishing on Dmitri of course, he was the best on stage!!!

  • MUSICAL CRITICISM:

http://musicalcriticism.com/opera/roh-faust-0911.shtml

Having the Valentin of Dmitri Hvorostovsky, meanwhile, adds a whole new dimension to the drama. The Russian baritone commands the stage at each appearance, giving tragic gravity to Marguerite’s usually dull brother. His aria, ‘Avant de quitter ces lieux’, was despatched with swaggering confidence, while his death scene was unusually powerful.

  •  THE INDEPENDENT:

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/classical/reviews/gounod-faust-royal-opera-house-2357332.html

But she [Angela Gheorghiu] was all over the place in the “Jewel Song” playing fast and loose with tempo and rhythm and causing no end of anxiety for the excellent conductor, Evelino Pido.

No such issues with Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s Valentin – expensive casting but value for money and then some in the resolutely long lines of his showstopping aria.

  • THE GUARDIAN:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/sep/19/faust-royal-opera-house-review

Hvorostovsky, powering his way through “Avant de Quitter Ces Lieux” , is simply outstanding.

  • THE TELEGRAPH:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/opera/8774774/Faust-Royal-Opera-Covent-Garden-review.html

And Dmitri Hvorostovsky will also ranks with the legends: his Valentin was marked by impeccable technical control and a gripping death scene.

  • THE ARTS DESK:

http://www.theartsdesk.com/opera/faust-royal-opera-house
In Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s eminently eligible Valentin ,we got some of the most gloriously silken sounds of the night. His passionate rendition of “O sainte medaille” was rapturously received and had us wondering whether Mephistopheles and Faust hadn’t perhaps met their match in this dashing Christian soldier.

  • INTERMEZZO:

http://intermezzo.typepad.com/intermezzo/2011/09/faust-royal-opera-house.html

I can’t imagine anyone handling the thankless role of Valentin more adeptly than Dmitri Hvorostovsky, noble and rousing and endless of breath.

  • BACHTRACK:

http://www.bachtrack.com/review-faust-royal-opera

In the smaller role of Valentin, Dmitri Hvorostovsky displayed delightful richness of tone and control of line.

  • FINANCIAL TIMES:

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/7b9a1500-e2a6-11e0-897a-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1m5VLxrJE

Dmitri Hvorostovsky gives Valentin everything he has and, though the aria lacked Gallic grace, his singing carried quite a punch.

  • OPERA TODAY:

http://www.operatoday.com/content/2011/09/devilishly_good.php

Dmitri Hvorostovsky is luxury casting, and his big arias, especially the curse, were superbly dramatic. In this production, he also has to act a lot, both in the sword scenes and in the ballet, where now he’s one of the undead, and is tempted. Macabrely, by the dancers. Perhaps Valentin doesn’t have to be.young, but Valentin’s naivety is so much a part of the role that we should cherish Hvorostovsky while we can.

  • OPERAJOURNAL:

http://filmjournal.net/keris9/2011/09/29/faust-royal-opera-house-cinema-season-201112/

Most impressive however was Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who really put a heart and soul into Valentin with an absolutely knock-out, spell-binding performance[...

He did good didn't he? :) However, no surprise since he is the greatest baritone of our times!

I know you followers are eagerly curios soooo I offer you this video:

this is the baritone's highlight in the opera... but the death scene of Valentin ( Alas, he dies at the end of act 4 but don't panic! He comes back as zombie and dances during the Walpurgis Nighth in the fifth act of this production by David McVicar!) is a heartgripping moment! Don't lose it!

And some pictures from the production…

I Hope you all will be able to tune in and listen to it, it really is worth!

Dimaland


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