Gilliam’s re-imagining of Berlioz’s work – which is more oratorio than opera – has won impressive plaudits. Fiona Maddocks, former editor of BBC Music Magazine and opera critic for The Observer called it ‘a superbly staged, ingenious production’.
John Berry, artistic director of ENO said he was delighted about the broadcast and added ‘Terry Gilliam and ENO have set the benchmark for Berlioz’s extraordinary piece’.
Gilliam will introduce the broadcast on BBC Four which will go out some time in the autumn. The Damnation of Faust is currently running at the Coliseum in London until 7 June and stars Christine Rice, Peter Hoare and Christopher Purves.