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My Year of Opera: Faust Month SHOWDOWN!

Okay, I’m watching Faust-based operas this month (October, Halloween, the Devil, all of that stuff). In true sensationalism form, I’ve decided to turn it into a FAUST SHOWDOWN!! THE CHAMPION: Gounod’s FAUST! THE CHALLENGER: Berlioz’s La Damnation du Faust! Both are French, both are Faust, both written by composers who have rather small outputs in […]

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My Year of Opera 16: Manon

This production was the one with Renee Fleming singing Manon and conducted by Jesús López-Cobos. Another French opera and some references to nuns early in the first act (Manon is going to join a nunnery because she is a wild child at home) made me very skeptical of how the whole thing was going to […]

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