never saw the "official" review of the Faust concert...but it was excellent and as near a sell out as I've seen for opera in helps to have a huge chorus including a lot of "cherubim" from the local children's choir.

Steven White...who flew out to one of his Met gigs as soon as it was over, led a rousing performance of the REAL highlights from Boito, Berlioz and Gounod....NO jewel song, and NO soldier's chorus...But a heavenly HEAVENLY chorus or two and a wonderful Mephisto himself by Jeffrey Tucker who almost made me forget about Siepi.

One (probably the only) plus about living down the road from Liberty University is that their music department is stupendous and we get to borrow their choir for events like these.
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