Des McAnuff / USA, 2011
French version / Czech and English subtitles, 255 min
With Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, René Pape as the devil, and Marina Poplavskaja as Marguerite, Gounod’s classic retelling of the Faust legend couldn’t be better served. Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff updates the story to the first half of the 20th century with a production that won praise in London last season. A later run features another first-tier Faust cast: Roberto Alagna, Joseph Calleja, Marina Poplavskaya, and Ferruccio Furlanetto. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts on the heels of his Don Carlo success.