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A ghoulish but glittering dose of over-the-top thrills

Opera: Faust. By Charles Gounod. Cork Choral Society. The Everyman, Cork. Reviewed by Dick O’Riordan.

1st March, 2015
Cara O’Sullivan and Yung Soo-Yun in Faust

The opera Faust was French-born and is a distant relative of the German poet Goethe – but at its heart it is a true-blue piece of Victoriana, embracing all the melodramatic mushiness of that period (a deep fondness for diabolical happenings, with Old Nick seducing young virgins, being particularly popular).

As a result, Gounod’s most famous work (with the possible exception of his version of Ave Maria) perfectly suited the Everyman Theatre, a gift of...

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