Faust

Live
Location
Opéra Bastille
Duration
3:40
Interval
2
Language
French
Subtitles
German,
Spanish,
Italian,
English,
French
Opera
Charles Gounod
Musical direction
Lorenzo Viotti
Stage direction
Tobias Kratzer

Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Visual Faust
Photo credit
© Theo Gosselin

Main informations

I want a treasure, which contains them all! I want youth! Frustrated by the futile quest for knowledge, the erudite old Faust sells his soul to the devil in exchange for eternal youth and the beautiful Marguerite… Reworking the legend which Goethe popularised, Gounod focuses on the love story and elevates the significance of Marguerite’s fall and ultimate salvation. His decision to lighten the philosophical scope of the narrative allowed him to balance scenes where the supernatural called for something visually spectacular with a parallel microcosm governed by inner actions and feelings. Gounod’s score is a tour de force of melodic invention whose vocal composition reveals the composer’s skill at conveying sincere and immediate emotion. For his Paris Opera debut, German director Tobias Kratzer reflects on contemporary society’s obsession for eternal youth. With its sophisticated scenography, his production oscillates between hyperrealism and magic, the world of today and the eerie atmosphere of German romanticism.

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Artistic team

Opera in five acts (1859)
Music / Charles Gounod
Libretto / Jules Barbier and Michel Carré

Conductor / Lorenzo Viotti
Stage director / Tobias Kratzer
Sets and Costumes / Rainer Sellmaier
Lighting design / Michael Bauer
Video / Manuel Braun
Chorus master / José Luis Basso

Orchestre et Chœurs de l’Opéra national de Paris

Presented by Alain Duault

Cast

Faust / Benjamin Bernheim
Méphistophélès / Ildar Abdrazakov
Valentin / Florian Sempey
Wagner / Christian Helmer
Marguerite / Ermonela Jaho
Siébel / Michèle Losier
Dame Marthe / Sylvie Brunet‑Grupposo

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