Charles Gounod

Faust


Opera in three parts, in French with Hungarian and English subtitle

Many opera composers have been “possessed” by the Devil over the last 250 years, including Boito, Schnittke, Schubert, Weber, Busoni and Stravinsky. But perhaps the most famous operatic adaptation is Gounod’s French grand opera, which is based on the first part of Goethe’s Faust, a work of literature that absolutely occupies the top tier of world literature. For more than a century, the piece has been an indispensable element of any self-respecting opera company’s repertoire, and to this day remains among the most frequently performed operas.

Gounod’s aim was not an operatic adaptation of Goethe’s masterpiece. His grand opera is much more intent on summoning up 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 Polish opera director, will be working in Hungary for the first time.


General cast

Conductor
Benini Maurizio
Faust
Dario Schmunk
Méphistophélčs
Gábor Bretz
Valentin
Zsolt Haja
Wagner
Lajos Geiger
Marguerite
Andrea Rost
Siébel
Szilvia Vörös
Marthe
Bernadett Wiedemann

Creators

Composer
Charles Gounod
English subtitles
Arthur Roger Crane
Choreographer
Lilla Pártay
Director
Michał Znaniecki
Set Designer
Luigi Scoglio
Costume Designer
Ramos Ana Aguayo