Music: Pearls on a String

When little English Soprano Maggie Teyte first got the idea of doing a new version of Gounod's Faust, she had Hitler in mind: "I wanted to show how Hitler, too, was a Mephistopheles, pulling wires and moving people around just as such men have through history ... I thought the Faust story would be a powerful way to say so."

Maggie made her mind up about another detail: there must be a shorter and more understandable way to tell it than the lengthy and oversweet Barbier and Carré book to which Gounod had set his...

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