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Run time: 3hrs 15min, 1 intermission
Sung in FRENCH
Subtitles in English, German, Italian, French, Russian, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese
Gounod’s romantic adaptation of Goethe’s play stars Juan Diego Flórez in the title role of the aging scientist who sells his soul to the devil for another chance at life and love. Nicole Car is the innocent Marguerite, the object of Faust’s affection, and Adam Palka sings Méphistophélès. Boris Prýgl and Virginie Verrez co-star as Valentin, Marguerite’s brother, and Siébel, her young admirer. Bertrand de Billy conducts.
Charles Gounod (1818–1893) showed early promise as a musician and won France's most prestigious musical prize, the Prix de Rome. He composed 12 operas, of which Faust (1859) and Roméo et Juliette (1867) are still regularly performed. Gounod’s other compositions include sacred music, songs, piano music, incidental music for plays and two symphonies.
Jules Barbier (1825–1901) and Michel Carré (1821–1872) were the leading librettists of their day in France. The libretto is loosely based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s masterpiece.