M1500 .G68 F38 2007 DVD
Opera. Music by Charles Gounod. Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré.
The classic tale in which a medieval scholar makes a pact with the devil.
Beginning in the mid-1950s, a number of major opera productions were presented in Japan under the series title Lirica Italiana. Featuring the greatest stars of the era, these performances set the Japanese public ablaze with a love for opera that continues to the present day.
In 1973, Lirica Italiana presented a magnificent production of Gounod's Faust. Though less frequently performed today, Faust was for many generations the world's favorite opera, composed of the quintessential ingredients for great theater: poignant drama, colorful and romantic situations, wry humor, and unforgettable melodies. A dream cast was assembled for the performances in Japan, headed by Renata Scotto as Marguerite, Alfredo Kraus in the title role, and Nicolai Ghiaurov as Méphistophélès. Though each was gifted with a voice of rare beauty and distinction, all three put their vocal skills at the service of the characters and the drama. Together, they represent the highest level of artistry, making this one of the most compelling operatic performances ever captured on video.
In an exclusive DVD bonus segment, Renata Scotto discusses her experiences with the Japanese public, the illustrious tenors with whom she sang in Japan, the influence of television on operatic acting, and her current work as a leading opera director.
Japanese with optional English, French, German, Italian or Spanish subtitles.
Distributed by Video Artists International (www.vaimusic.com).