The Cleveland Orchestra has performed Faust only once, in 1978. And don't feel bad if you've never heard of Ariel an important but lesser-known character in the story of a guy's tragic deal with the devil. "I'm still sort of knee-deep in figuring out exactly how I fit into things dramatically," says Tessier. All mystery aside, there is one aspect of Faust that's beyond doubt: the music. Schumann wrote some of the world's best pieces for the pure human voice. "I was pretty sure it would be good," says Tessier. "It's a gift to sing music like his."
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