I watched about half of Boito's Mefistofele streamed from the Bayerische Staatsoper with René Pape as the devil, Joseph Calleja as Faust, Kristine Opolais as Marguerita. This work has been performed a number of times in San Francisco, and I enjoyed very much the stark, brutal sets from Munich after years of the cute production we have here. They provided a real witches sabbath. Incidentally, this part of the Faust story has always confused me. Faust is supposed to be lured away from heaven by a bunch of witches gathering. Huh. I don't get it. The cast is fantastic.
I went to the movies for The Importance of being Earnest with David Suchet as Lady Bracknell. It wasn't very funny. He played her sour which I didn't enjoy.
I may have hated the production, but how can you not love him?
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