5 - 24 September 2020
Dutch National Opera & Ballet, online
The current crisis has put an end to our scheduled season opener Mefistofele. But we won’t keep quiet. We have invited a new generation of music theatre makers from The Netherlands to fill the empty space. FAUST [working title] departs from the theme of Goethe's Faust, a prominent figure in Western culture. A large-scale performance with chorus, orchestra, soloists and a wealth of music, from classical to lesser-known repertoire.
"Wonderful Faust with 12 composers at Dutch National Opera' - 'The result is a miraculously spectacular coupé, or more irreverently, an eighty-minute potpourri, which repeatedly surprises the listener, although the relationship with the Faust theme is often thin and the reused set pieces (from old DNO productions) seem somewhat randomly chosen'.
The opera 'Faust (working title)' is colourful and agile' - 'Together with the brass players in the extreme corners of the balcony below, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra playing at full power and amplified sound effects, the spatial arrangement feels like a smothering embrace'.
'At the Dutch National Opera a miracle took place with FAUST [working title]' - 'Now something has been born out of need, something that in a short time has grown from a helpless newborn to an adult performance. One like we have never seen before. Completely unique, captivating, eye- and ear-watching and to a great extent moving. Actually De Lint could not have wished for a better start of her DNO era.'