First stop for many ticket buyers will be Jonas Kaufmann's Winterreise on 6 April. Not the most obvious choice of repertoire, either for Kaufmann or for the venue, but any Jonas is better than none. Tickets are likely to go quickly.
While we're on the subject of Roberto Alagna's improbable exploits, here he is with an aria from Berlioz's La damnation de Faust. But not the one you think. No, Roberto has chosen to tackle Méphisto's Serenade - yes, the one that's usually sung by a bass.
If that's whetted your appetite for more Roberto, how about Paris Opera's recent Gounod Faust, where he plays the title role?
Thank you Manou for finding this link where you can watch the whole opera for free.
Once again, the world's most skilled makeup artists were unable to etch the grooves of time upon Roberto's youthful complexion. So you will notice that the Act 1 part of the elderly Faust is played by an actor (with doubtful lip-synching skillz). Roberto himself appears from a giant Kinder egg twenty minutes in. You won't miss it. Just make sure you don't have a mouthful of coffee at the time.
Goethe famously declared that the only composer able to do justice to his epic drama Faust was Mozart - by that point inconveniently deceased. So Gounod's effort to portray the masterpiece in music has always laboured under the mighty poet's curse.
Faust - Royal Opera House, 18 September 2011 (first night)
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Despite some outstanding performances from a top-drawer cast, this second revival of David McVicar's Faustsomehow fails to hit the mark. Part of the blame is of course Gounod's - never afraid to cut a flowing story dead in its tracks with a crowd-pleasing ballet or drinking song.