A masterpiece that shuns definitions – a dramatic legend and a riveting hybrid
The Damnation of Faust has an incredible effect on the listener. A masterpiece that shuns the usual definitions of an opera and vocal work, it is a dramatic legend and a riveting hybrid that unfolds like a movie. It leaves no one in peace, just as Goethe’s text did not leave Berlioz in peace. He read it incessantly, at meals, while walking in the street – and finally composed a version of his own with just as much passion.