Faust: audience reaction





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Published on Oct 16, 2012

Audiences react following the opening night of Opera North's new production of Gounod's Faust.

Middle-aged scholar Faust longs for a life full of glory and pleasure that he never had. Méphistophélès is offering a second chance in exchange for his soul. An innocent woman, Marguerite, falls victim to this diabolical pact when Faust seduces her with fatal consequences. But while for Marguerite there is hope for redemption, for Faust there is none.

Performed in more than 50 countries and translated into 25 languages, Gounod's great melodramatic opera has been capturing audiences since its 1859 Paris premiere. Alongside Carmen, it remains one of the most popular French operas of all time. Bursting with moving solos, dramatic ensembles and thrilling choruses, every scene of Gounod's masterpiece is overflowing with memorable melodies including the charming Jewel Song and the powerful Soldier's Chorus.

Renowned tenor Peter Auty takes the title role joined by James Creswell - as the devil Méphistophélès - who is returning to Opera North after his recent roles in Norma and Das Rheingold. Their trio is completed by Juanita Lascarro as Marguerite, bringing a confidently flexible vocal for which she has become famous.

Gounod's Faust is one of several operas inspired by Goethe's great Faust drama- other examples are Berlioz's The Damnation de Faust and the rarely performed Mefistofele by Arrigo Boito. The Metropolitan Opera was opened with a performance was Gounod's version of Faust in New York on 22 October 1883. It remains one of the most in demand operas at the Met, with more than 730 performances given up until 2008. For several decades New York's opera season opened with a performance of the piece.
Sung in French with English titles
Last approximately 3 hours


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