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.