The Royal Opera – Faust, Gounod

Friday May 10th, 3pm
Wednesday May 15th 7pm

A delightful production of Gounod’s most celebrated opera. Among the most splendid sets evoking Paris in the Second Empire, David McVicar draws an artful parallel between the fate of Faust and Gounod’s life, torn between piety and popular success.

There are many versions of the story of Faust, who trades his soul with the Devil for youth and power, but Gounod’s opera remains one of the most enthralling. Michael Fabiano stars as Faust, with Diana Damrau as his beloved Marguerite and Erwin Schrott as the diabolical Méphistophélès. Virtuoso leading roles, a large chorus, sensational sets, ballet and an ecstatic finale make this the epitome of theatrical spectacle – the lavish scale of French grand opera is wonderfully in evidence in this production by David McVicar, set in 1870s Paris. Above all, the music includes several of popular opera’s most recognizable numbers, performed by a cast of great international singers and the Royal Opera Chorus.

OPERA IN FIVE ACTS

MUSIC
Charles Gounod

DIRECTOR
David McVicar

CONDUCTOR
Dan Ettinger

CAST
Michael Fabiano (Faust)
Erwin Schrott (Méphistophélès)
Diana Damrau (Marguerite)

DURATION
3 h 45 approx

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