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Very High Tech Opera

By lmaturo
Written November 23, 2008
This presention of the opera La Damnation de Faust had more actors and was higher tech than any opera I've seen or heard of. It had soliders marching up a wall, demons skittering down the wall head first, people crucified on a cross, and more. The set was three stories high, and has three levels, plus of course the stage in front of it. There were people on all three levels of the set, and behind the set was large screens showing part of the action, like a picture of Margritte's head, three stories tall, the devil rowing Faust down a river, or flames behind the damned in hell. It was a quite amazing presentation.
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Damnation of Faust

By Faver1
Written November 25, 2008
Terrific opera/
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Audio

By geoallen33
Written December 07, 2008
Excellent stage production. Demerit for audio drop out
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Damnation of Faust

By Leonard Stein
Written November 25, 2008
First the theater: It was FREEZING. Believe it or not I covered myself with THREE sweaters and wished I had earmuffs. Rediculous! The opera it self is wonderful. However this production left much to be desired. There was so much "shtick" that it interfered with the concentration on the story and the music. Unfortunately, it did NOT add anything to the opera but rather was distracting. In addition, your NEW rule (it was not in place the past two opera seasons nor the first opera of THIS year) of not allowing outside food into the theater is unnecessary. This is NOT a regular movie of 90-120 minutes. I arrived at 11:30 a.m. in order to get a seat (and it was very well occupied already by that time). This meant that I was in the theater for almost 5 hours. I needed food and the concession type food isn't satisfactory for your senior audience. Having my bags searched before being allowed into the theater was humiliating and slowed down the large audience trying to get into the theater.
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Damnation of Faust

By Wagen
Written November 24, 2008
The opera was fantastic. The theater was great, as was the comfort of the seats. However, the seating was very unfair. After waiting an hour, we were not able to get decent seats because the people ahead of us in the line, were permitted to save 3,4,5 and 6 seats for people who were not there yet. I would like to suggest that you have reserved seats for the opera productions made at the time of ticket purchase ( I bought my ticket in August), or permit people to be able to save one seat only.
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