The audience at the Opéra de Paris did not wait for the final curtain last night. They booed the Latvian director Alvis Hermanis at the interval curtain, apparently – or partly – in protest at ugly remarks he had made about the reception of Syrian refugees in Europe.
His production of Berlioz’s Damnation de Faust was exceptionally well sung by a cast that included Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel and Sophie Koch, Philipped Jordan conducting.
Faust is reconceived as a kind of Stephen Hawking figure out to conquer Mars.
First review here by William Saintagne (en francais).
photo: Opera de Paris
The next Hermanis production is Il due Foscari in February at La Scala.