Opera News

“In the 1859 retelling of the Faust legend, via Gothe, Charles Gounod and his librettist, Jules Barbier, and Michael Carre, placed Marguerite at the heart of the story; as that beleaguered heroine, HGO favorite Ana Maria Martinez, an outstanding soprano and powerful stage presence, brought home the opera’s moral lesson and emotional force. Martinez’s voice alone – with its chocolate-rich vibrancy in the low and middle range and its thrilling brilliance at the top – is worth the price of admission, but she also has the expressive range, as a singing actress, to portray Marguerite’s complex transformation from youthful innocent in the throes of first love to outcast sinner consumed by tragedy and madness, who then achieves the miracle of redemption.”