Reviews of Faust at Lyric Opera of Chicago, March 2018

Faust Chicago Press Reviews


*1—Daily Herald (Natalia Dagenhart)  3-20-18

2—SCHMOPERA  (Hannah De Priest)  3-6-18

3—OperaWire  (Santosh Venkataraman)   3-7-18

4—Daily Herald  (Scott C. Morgan)  3-6-18

5—Splash Magazines   (Suzanne Magnuson)  3-8-18

6—Bachtrack  (Katherine Syer)  3-20-18

*7—Theater in Chicago  (Overview of Reviews)   3-21-18

8—Seen and Heard International  (James L. Zychowicz)  3-3-18

9—Buzz Center Stage (John Accrocco)  3-6-18

10—Chicago Theater and Arts  (Jodie Jacobs)  3-8-18

11—Chicago Stage Review (Venus Zarris)  3-7-18

12—Spotlight on Lake (Jeffrey Leibham)  3-13-18

13—Classical Voice North America  (Lawerence B. Johnson)  3-6-18

 14—Loyola Phoenix  (Emma Ingrassia)  3-14-18

15—Haute Tempered (Molly Tullis)  3-16-18

16—NewCity Stage (Aaron Hunt)  3-8-18

17—Crain’s Chicago Business  (Graham Meyer)  3-9-18 Top Ten Classical Performances to Catch (Faust #1)(Fellow Travelers)

18—-Chicago Tribune (John von Rhein) (Pre)  3-7-18

19—Chicago Sun-Times  (Nancy Malitz) (Pre)  3-2-18

20—Chicago on the isle (Nancy Malitz)  3-8-18

21—The Chicago Maroon (Jade Yan)  3-6-18

22—Windy City Times (Kerry Reid)  3-5-18

23—Daily Herald (Scoitt C. Morgan)(Pre)  2-28-18

24—Opera Warhorses (William)  3-12-18

25—El BeiSMan  (Leon Leiva Gallardo)  3-6-18

26—Chicago Reader (Deanna Isaacs)  3-15-18

* Reviews at or near the end of the run.


Lyric Opera of Chicago 2017-18 Review – Faust: Frame’s Unique Concepts Combine With Glorious Singing From Ailyn Pérez & Ben Bernheim

There’s probably a clear dividing line on this production. If you prefer a grand opera like “Faust” to be grand in terms of tradition and that sort of thing, then this probably wasn’t for you. If you are open to a more modern staging such as what you may get overseas, then this was a visual feast for the ages and shouldn’t be dismissed as regie-theater.  READ MORE.

Daily Herald

Lyric Opera’s new ‘Faust’ a visual bounty of John Frame’s surreal art

The Lyric Opera of Chicago would never rebrand Charles Gounod’s “Faust” as “John Frame’s Faust.” But the California-based artist and production designer warrants top billing as his surreal sculptures and macabre animations dominate director Kevin Newbury’s new symbol-filled staging of the classic 1859 French opera.  READ MORE

Splash Magazine

The Lyric Opera’s Fabulous Faust – Must Be Seen to Be Believed

I am actually still processing everything I saw on stage at this opera.  It’s one of those things so rich in detail and imagination that you’d most likely have to see it multiple times to get everything that went into it. Other than last year’s Les Troyens, this may be the best thing I’ve ever seen at The Lyric and I’ve seen some amazing productions here over the years. You simply must go.  Every performance should be sold out.  READ MORE


A kind of twisted, egotistical apotheosis: Faust in Chicago

At the Lyric Opera of Chicago this month, Faust is a frustrated artist, whose own carvings and objets come to life to torment him. This new production is the result of a unique collaboration between visual artist John Frame (whose artwork and guiding aesthetic shaped the opera’s look), set and costume designer Vita Tzykun, lighting designer Duane Shuler, projection designer David Adam Moore, and director Kevin Newbury.  READ MORE

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Faust at Lyric Opera of Chicago


Lyric Opera of Chicago has announced their 2017/2018 schedule.  A new production of Charles Gounod’s Faust Premiers in March 2018. The Production Credits will include:

Kevin Newbury   Director

John Frame  Production Designer

Vita Tzykun   Set and Costume Designer

David Adam Moore   Projection Designer

Duane Schuler   Lighting Designer

Academy Award for The Swan Girl

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (The Oscars) has given Johnny Coffeen one of this year’s Academy Awards for Student Directed Films for his work on “The Swan Girl.”  The 15 minute short is an experimental live action/stop-motion production in the “Alternative” category,  and was one of 17 films worldwide to be receive the Award  in 2016.  This was Coffeen’s MFA film at the David Lynch Film School.  In addition to Directing and Editing the film, Coffeen also co-wrote the Screenplay with artist John Frame. Frame is credited for Production Design, Animation, Score and Acting in the film.

NOTE from John: I am not currently providing a link to the Swan Girl pending a new edit of the material into my preferred final cut.  I hope to complete this in the near future, but for now, here is the Original Trailer:

Announcement of the Awards Link


Production Still from the Swan Girl

Artist John Frame’s Introspective Mountain Cabin

Artist John Frame's Introspective Mountain Cabin

Photographer/Writer Jessica Isaac visited our home and put this set of shots and observations about the house together for Apartment Therapy in February of 2016.  Laura and I were very grateful for the care and attention she gave the house that we have lived and worked in for the past 30 years or so.  See the shoot here:

With a “LITTLE MAN” created by John Frame, Metallica 3D Concert Film “Through the Never” Opens in iMax Theaters Nationwide


UPDATE:  I sincerely wish I could produce copies of Little Man for all of you who have made requests, but I do not own the copyright at this point, Metallica does.   For folks pursuing the subject, please contact the Metallica organization directly.  I believe they are located in the Bay Area and called “Hit the Lights”. Best to you all!  John

John Frame INK/TED talk in Jaipur, India

INK2011: Power of the Journey

John Frame: Sculpting visual poetry – December 8 – 11, 2011 in Jaipur, India

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