"The Berlioz Faust created at Slazburg in 1999 by the Spanish theatre company La Fura dels Baus has been widely praised. Alexandre Tarta's recording of it works as film, and doubtless involves some courageous decisions of omission and concentration. Visually and organisationally, this production is an achievement."
"Inspired playing and passionately sung performances. This program is not only a thrilling theatrical and musical document, but also a seat-of-the-pants ride to the depths of the soul. Now that's a DVD."
"It may have seemed something of a Faustian pact for the Salzburg Festival to commit to a staging of Berlioz\'s mighty \'legende dramatique\' in the summer of 1999. Certainly the production team - which didn\'t so much combine as \'collide\' the Spanish \'alternative theatre\' troupe La Fura dels Baus in the shape of directors Alex Olle and Carlos Padrissa with the avant-garde sculptor Jaume Plensa and video artist Franc Aleu - looked like it would need all the help it could get to create a coherent staging. The result is audacious, intimate and moving in equal measure. Here is a production brimming with cogent theatrical and musical ideas played out with a gripping emotional integrity - Kasarova and White brilliantly anchoring the whole to a human reality - rivetingly caught by video director Alexandre Tarta on DVD, a format whose clarity of sound and vision seems tailor-made to bring opera into the living room without compromise."