Faust | Lyric Opera House | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Cory Weaver

When: Sat., March 3, 7:30 p.m., Tue., March 6, 7:30 p.m., Fri., March 9, 7:30 p.m., Mon., March 12, 7:30 p.m., Thu., March 15, 7:30 p.m., Sun., March 18, 2 p.m. and Wed., March 21, 2 p.m. 2018
Price: $17-$319
The vocal performances in Lyric Opera’s new production of Charles Gounod’s Faust are first-rate—especially tenor Benjamin Bernheim in the title role; soprano Ailyn Pérez as Marguerite, for whom he sells his soul; and bass-baritone Christian Van Horn as a slick Méphistophélès. And the production, directed by Kevin Newbury and designed (and dominated) by artist John Frame, presents a version of this 1859 warhorse you’ve never seen before. But chances are good you’ve seen something like it: a dizzyingly busy steampunkish production with towering props rolled about the stage, projections doing what set-builders used to do, and a carnival atmosphere with clown-plaid suits and demons in giant puppet heads. This Faust is an artist, his Marguerite is disabled, and her act of infanticide has been transformed into an abduction by the devil. You won’t be bored, but it’s opera for the era of distraction. —Deanna Isaacs



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