Charles Gounod

Faust


Opera in three parts, five acts, in French, with Hungarian and English surtitles
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Gounod’s French grand opera has been an indispensable element of any self-respecting opera company’s repertoire, and to thisday remains among the most frequently performed operas.

The composer's aim was not an operatic adaptation of Goethe’s masterpiece. His grand opera is much more intent on summoningup the composer’s world: Walpurgis Night, the Golden Calf Song and the Jewel Aria all conjure forth the steamy and dissipated Paris of his time. Born from the libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré was a perfumed and smoky drama spiced with elements of romance and horror, as well as gothic motifs: a story of romance, the supernatural, religion, and the eternal battle against satanic powers.

Our 2015 production also opens the May anniversary festival of our Faust season: Michael Znaniecki, the renowned Polishopera director, will be working in Hungary for the first time.


General cast

Conductor
Maurizio Benini
Faust
Dario Schmunck
Méphistophélès
Gábor Bretz
Valentin
Zsolt Haja
Wagner
Lajos Geiger
Marguerite
Andrea Rost
Siebel
Szilvia Vörös
Marthe
Bernadett Wiedemann