René Pape “simply magnificent” as Mephistopheles in Faust

19 September 2011

René Pape receives great reviews of his performance as Mephistopheles in Charles Gounod’s Faust at the Royal Opera House, which opened on Sunday 18th September.

“René Pape was simply magnificent as Mephistopheles, his vocal power, histrionic authority and sly wit putting him in the Chaliapin league.” – Daily Telegraph

“It’s hard to imagine Mephistopheles’s music more beautifully sung.” – The Guardian

“And the devil himself? From the moment René Pape appears, waving sulphurous smoke away from his face, his is an enticingly nonchalant malevolence, booming bass authority offset by melting head tones and many a vocal shrug.” – The Independent

“Also new is the Mephistopheles, leading German bass René Pape, who is too rarely in London. Hearing his majestic voice in a major role here is a great pleasure…...” – Financial Times

“Pape’s Mephistopheles always offered good value – and eloquent eyebrows, too. This Devil snared his catches through mischievous underplaying.” – The Times

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