A local metal band called Pica Fierce has transformed Gounod's music into what is being called "the world's first" heavy-metal opera. Four heavy-metal musicians will perform with 15 classical musicians from the Kristiansund Opera Sinfonietta.
Jan Karstensen, director of Kristiansund Opera, said, "Faust addresses some of the great, eternal questions about a person's integrity and whether it should be for sale. . . and whether we should manipulate the natural course of life. Metal, too, addresses the big questions in life through its expression of the dark side."
Faust—Metal Opera will be reprised five more times over the next month, and will be performed in some local high schools as well.