Opera: Faustian Scandal in Paris

The most successful Parisian theater scandals need as much care and planning as the most successful general strikes. The opening-night audience must arrive at the Paris Opéra knowing just how furious it will soon become; how else would everyone be sure to bring rotten eggs and carrots under his coat? The Paris press seemed to be coaxing up a fine rumble shortly after the first rehearsal of Maurice Béjart's new production of Berlioz' The Damnation of Faust. HOW BÉJART WILL UNDRESS MARGUERITE, promised one headline; FAUST IS A PEEPING TOM, declared another....

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