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


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


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

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