, December 2016
Russian soprano Irina Lungu makes a suitably demure maiden Marguerite dressed mainly in a white dress although at other times in a coat adorned with flowers and jewels. Her demanding scene in act three which includes the celebrated Ah! je ris (Jewel Song) is competently done.
Ildar Abdrazakov is made for the role of Mephistopheles (Mephisto) displaying superb acting which generates evil intent at every opportunity. The Russian bass demonstrates an innate sense of authority and dark resonant tones which he projects powerfully and vividly.
In the minor roles Samantha Korbey as Marthe and Paolo Maria Orecchia playing Wagner give extremely capable performances.
Noseda conducts the Orchestra and Chorus Teatro Regio Torino with his usual committed approach and they respond with performances that are lucid, buoyant and expressive. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review