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Reviews of Faust at Lyric Opera of Chicago, March 2018

Faust Chicago Press Reviews. *Reviews at or near the end of the run.

  1. *Daily Herald (Natalia Dagenhart)  3-20-18
  2. SCHMOPERA  (Hannah De Priest)  3-6-18
  3. OperaWire  (Santosh Venkataraman)   3-7-18
  4. Daily Herald (Scott C. Morgan)  3-6-18
  5. Splash Magazines (Suzanne Magnuson)  3-8-18
  6. Bachtrack  (Katherine Syer)  3-20-18
  7. *Theater in Chicago  (Overview of Reviews)   3-21-18
  8. Seen and Heard International  (James L. Zychowicz)  3-3-18
  9. Buzz Center Stage (John Accrocco)  3-6-18
  10. Chicago Theater and Arts  (Jodie Jacobs)  3-8-18
  11. Chicago Stage Review (Venus Zarris)  3-7-18
  12. Spotlight on Lake (Jeffrey Leibham)  3-13-18
  13. Classical Voice North America  (Lawerence B. Johnson)  3-6-18
  14. Loyola Phoenix  (Emma Ingrassia)  3-14-18
  15. Haute Tempered (Molly Tullis)  3-16-18
  16. NewCity Stage (Aaron Hunt)  3-8-18
  17. Crain’s Chicago Business  (Graham Meyer)  3-9-18 Top Ten Classical Performances to Catch (Faust #1)(Fellow Travelers)
  18. Chicago Tribune (John von Rhein) (Pre) 3-7-18
  19. Chicago Sun-Times  (Nancy Malitz) (Pre)  3-2-18
  20. Chicago on the isle (Nancy Malitz)  3-8-18
  21. The Chicago Maroon (Jade Yan)  3-6-18
  22. Windy City Times (Kerry Reid)  3-5-18
  23. Daily Herald (Scoitt C. Morgan)(Pre)  2-28-18
  24. Opera Warhorses (William)  3-12-18
  25. El BeiSMan  (Leon Leiva Gallardo)  3-6-18
  26. Chicago Reader (Deanna Isaacs)  3-15-18

OperaWire

Lyric Opera of Chicago 2017-18 Review – Faust: Frame’s Unique Concepts Combine With Glorious Singing From Ailyn Pérez & Ben Bernheim

There’s probably a clear dividing line on this production. If you prefer a grand opera like “Faust” to be grand in terms of tradition and that sort of thing, then this probably wasn’t for you. If you are open to a more modern staging such as what you may get overseas, then this was a visual feast for the ages and shouldn’t be dismissed as regie-theater.  READ MORE.

Daily Herald

Lyric Opera’s new ‘Faust’ a visual bounty of John Frame’s surreal art

The Lyric Opera of Chicago would never rebrand Charles Gounod’s “Faust” as “John Frame’s Faust.” But the California-based artist and production designer warrants top billing as his surreal sculptures and macabre animations dominate director Kevin Newbury’s new symbol-filled staging of the classic 1859 French opera.  READ MORE

Splash Magazine

The Lyric Opera’s Fabulous Faust – Must Be Seen to Be Believed

I am actually still processing everything I saw on stage at this opera.  It’s one of those things so rich in detail and imagination that you’d most likely have to see it multiple times to get everything that went into it. Other than last year’s Les Troyens, this may be the best thing I’ve ever seen at The Lyric and I’ve seen some amazing productions here over the years. You simply must go.  Every performance should be sold out.  READ MORE

SCHMOPERA

A kind of twisted, egotistical apotheosis: Faust in Chicago

At the Lyric Opera of Chicago this month, Faust is a frustrated artist, whose own carvings and objets come to life to torment him. This new production is the result of a unique collaboration between visual artist John Frame (whose artwork and guiding aesthetic shaped the opera’s look), set and costume designer Vita Tzykun, lighting designer Duane Shuler, projection designer David Adam Moore, and director Kevin Newbury.  READ MORE

More Reviews of Faust at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Academy Award for The Swan Girl

An artist is mysteriously held captive in a workshop where he creates complex characters in an attempt to communicate with his past. World premiered at David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption and earned a 2016 Student Academy Award. Production Design: John Frame.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences  has given Johnny Coffeen one of this year’s Academy Awards for Student Directed Films for his work on “The Swan Girl.”  The 15 minute short is an experimental live action/stop-motion production in the Alternative category,  and was one of 17 films worldwide to be receive the Award in 2016.  This was Coffeen’s MFA film at the David Lynch Film School.  In addition to Directing and Editing the film, Coffeen co-wrote the Screenplay with artist John Frame. Frame is credited for Production Design, Animation, Score and Acting in the film.

With a “LITTLE MAN” created by John Frame, Metallica 3D Concert Film “Through the Never” Opens in iMax Theaters Nationwide

UPDATE:  I sincerely wish I could produce copies of Little Man for all of you who have made requests, but I do not own the copyright at this point, Metallica does.   For folks pursuing the subject, please contact the Metallica organization directly.  I believe they are located in the Bay Area and called “Hit the Lights”. Best to you all!  John

John Frame INK/TED talk in Jaipur, India

INK2011: Power of the Journey

John Frame: Sculpting visual poetry – December 8 – 11, 2011 in Jaipur, India

Think of INK as a curator of contemporary oral history. We do an extensive global search to find the best ideas to invite to our events. Our cornerstone event is the annual INK Conference in association with TED, which brings together the world’s movers and shakers who then share ideas. The exchange of stories, ideas and dreams does not start nor stop at the conference; it is merely one of the many methods that facilitate the open exchange. In addition to our annual conference, INK also hosts KIDSInk and INK salons, mini conferences, across the globe. If you are interested in hosting an INK salon in your community or campus, please contact us.

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