Gounod’s Faust (1859) was among the world’s most performed operas from the 1860s to World War II, and still remains a core repertory work. The story, adapted by Gounod’s librettists Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, is based on Part I of Goethe’s epic poem Faust, which was a major inspiration for many composers. Popular highlights are, among others, the waltz “Ainsi que la brise légère” and the drinking chorus “Vin ou bière” in Act II; the cavatina “Salut! Demeure chaste et pure” for Faust (III), and, for Marguerite, the Ballad of the King of Thule and The Jewels’ Aria, also in Act III. When Faust was premiered at the Paris Opéra in 1869, Gounod added a ballet to Act V, featuring an unbridled party of witches and devils on the Brocken Mountain.
Cast: Conductor Frédéric Chaslin; Director, sets & costumes Joan Anton Rechi; Director assistant Tamara Heimbrock; Light designer Fabio Barettin; Chorus Master Claudio Marino Moretti; La Fenice Orchestra and Choir.
Roles: Doctor Faust Ivan Ayon Rivas; Méphistophélès Alex Esposito; Marguerite Carmela Remigio; Valentin Armando Noguera; Wagner William Corrò; Siébel Paola Gardina; Marthe Schwerdtlein Julie Mellor.
Location: La Fenice Opera House, Venice
Schedule: June 25 – Juli 3, 2021
Time: 6 pm
Ticket: up to € 181,50