Pascal Dusapin: Faustus-The Last Night
May 4, 2007 9:37 pm
Another opera based on the Faust tradition is Pascal Dusapin’s Fautsus-The Last Night. Like the other famous Faust operas by Gounod and Berlioz, the composer is French. However this time the libretto is in English. The story is based on Marlow’s Doctor Faustus and, well, the entire history of literature and culture. I heard it broadcast from the Berlin State Opera about a year ago. The plot, if there is one, is a bit hard to follow but the music and ideas are captivating. Conceptually I would say it is a bit like Ferneyhough’s Shadowtime, his opera about the last days of the German critic Walter Benjamin.