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Charles Gounod’s “Gripping” Masterpiece Faust Comes to the Clark, Live From the Met

For Immediate Release

December 06, 2011

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff’s new staging of Gounod’s Faust comes to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, December 10 at 1:00 pm, live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera. Refreshments will be available for purchase during intermission. Tickets are $25 ($18 for members and students) and may be ordered online or by calling 413 458 0MET (458 0638). The box office will also be open one hour before the performance, and the doors will open at 12:30 pm.

Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff’s new staging of Faust sets the quintessential tale of a man’s bargain with the devil in the first half of the twentieth century. In the title role, Jonas Kaufmann is “a handsome, vocally splendid Faust,” says The New York Times. “He sang the pensive and romantic passages with veiled dusky colorings and tender lyricism, and unleashed pent-up power in full-bodied phrases, capped by fearless high notes.” Marina Poplavskaya portrays Marguerite, the woman Faust loves and destroys, and René Pape plays the devil himself, Méphistophélès. Russell Braun sings Marguerite’s brother, the soldier Valentin, and Michèle Losier is the lovesick student Siébel. “Rarely has the score sounded more captivating than in the rhapsodic account by the Met orchestra under the guidance of the young conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin” (Associated Press).

The Met: Live in HD 2011-2012 Season continues with Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel on December 28; The Enchanted Island by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and others on January 21; Wagner’s Götterdämmerung on February 11; Verdi’s Ernani on February 25; Massenet’s Manon on April 7; and Verdi’s La Traviata on April 14. The Clark’s intimate auditorium is one of the best performance venues in the region, with comfortable seating and soaring acoustics. Tickets are $25 ($18 for members and students) and may be ordered online or by calling 413 458 0MET (458 0638).

The Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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December 10: Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff’s new staging of Gounod’s Faust comes to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, December 10 at 1:00 pm, live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera. “Rarely has the score sounded more captivating than in the rhapsodic account by the Met orchestra under the guidance of the young conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin” (Associated Press). Refreshments will be available for purchase during intermission. Tickets are $25 ($18 for members and students) and may be ordered online or by calling 413 458 0MET (458 0638). The box office will also be open one hour before the performance, and the doors will open at 12:30 pm. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

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