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Terry Gilliam to direct Faust opera in London

Terry Gilliam

Story by Jack Foley

TERRY Gilliam is to direct a fresh take on Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust for the English National Opera.

Mezzo soprano Christine Rice leads the cast as the seduced and abandoned Marguerite, while the ENO’s chorus and orchestra will provide the voices and music under Gilliam’s direction.

In addition, Peter Hoare will sing the role of Faust and Christopher Purves is Mephistopheles.

The opera will open at the London Coliseum on May 6, 2011 and run for 10 performances.

Commenting on his decision to turn his hand to opera, Gilliam told The Hollywood Reporter: “Berlioz didn’t play by the rules. From cartoons, to animation, to films to opera – a good journey.”

The Damnation of Faust is based on a translation of Goethe’s poem and Berlioz’s story examines the idea of temptation as well as the lengths a man will go to for love.