Faust

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Faust by Charles Gounod

Friday, November 8th, 2013 at 8pm

Sunday, November 10th, 2013 at 3pm

at the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade, 425 S. Lindbergh Blvd.

 Sponsored by: Morgan Stanley

 

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CAST: 

Faust: Clay Hilley

Clay Hilley Web

Glimmerglass Opera
Indianapolis Opera
North Carolina Opera
Royal Opera House
Arizona Opera

 

Méphistophélès: Timothy J. Bruno

T Bruno Web

Opera Saratoga
Michigan Opera Theater
Toledo Opera
Cincinnati Opera
Indianapolis Opera

 

Marguerite: Julia Ebner

Ebner Web

Virginia Opera
Santa Fe Opera
Florida Grand Opera
Syracuse Opera
Opera North

 

Valentin: Eric McKeever

Eric McKeever web

Opera Naples
St. Petersburg Opera
Bronx Opera
Long Island Opera
Syracuse Opera

 

Siébel: Cherry Duke

Cherry Duke web

New York City Opera
St. Petersburg Opera
Chautauqua Opera
Glimmerglass Opera
Opera North

 

Wagner: John-Andrew Fernandez

JA Fernandez web

Knoxville Opera
Opera Philadelphia
Pineda Lyric Opera
International Opera Theatre
Westminster Opera Theatre

 

Marthe: Erin Haupt

Erin Haupt web

Union Avenue Opera
Johanna Meier Opera Theatre Institute
Winter Opera Saint Louis

 

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PRODUCTION STAFF:

 

Stage Director: John Stephens

Joh Stephens web

Santa Fe Opera
Opera Theatre of St. Louis
Minnesota Opera
Houston Grand Opera
Washington Opera

 

Conductor: Michael Mishra

Greeley Philharmonic
Silesian State Opera
Kharkov Philharmonic

 

Set Design: Scott Loebl

Opera Theatre of St. Louis
Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
The Muny

 

Costumes: JC Krajicek

Opera Theatre of St. Louis
Mustardseed Theatre
HotCity Theatre

 

Lighting: Sean Savoie

Portland Opera
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
The Muny

 

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Faust

an opera in five acts by Charles Gounod.
Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust.
Debuted March 19, 1859 at the Théâtre Lyrique in Paris.

 

Synopsis:

Act I:  The aging scholar Faust has spent a lifetime in the study of philosophy and science. Disillusioned, he resolves to end his life. He curses God and calls on the Devil. Méphistophélès appears and offers Faust riches, power, or glory. Faust, however, only wants to recapture his youth. Méphistophélès agrees, but with conditions: on earth Faust will be master, but in the world below their roles will be reversed. When Faust hesitates, Méphistophélès conjures a vision of Marguerite. Faust signs the contract and the two set out into the world.

In a city market place students, soldiers and townspeople congregate. Since Valentin is going off to war he entrusts the care of his sister Marguerite to his friend Siébel. Wagner starts a song to cheer everyone but is interrupted by Méphistophélès, who entrances all with his own song and places a curse on Siebel: all flowers he touches will wither. Méphistophélès conjures up wine and maligns Marguerite, which angers Valentin. Valentin tries to strike him with his sword but is stopped by Méphistophélès’s demonic power, and all recognize they are in the presence of the Devil. Faust sees Marguerite and offers her his arm. She charmingly refuses. A dance ensues into which Méphistophélès introduces dancers of his own choosing.

Act II: Siébel gathers flowers for Marguerite and must confront the curse Méphistophélès has placed on him. Faust sings of his enchantment with Marguerite’s dwelling place, and Méphistophélès leaves a box of jewels for Marguerite in order to beguile and entrap her. Her neighbor, Marthe, encourages her to keep the jewels. Faust and Méphistophélès join the women. Méphistophélès flirts with Marthe, giving Faust the opportunity to pursue Marguerite. Marguerite allows Faust to kiss her. She realizes she loves Faust and gives herself over.

Act III: Seduced and abandoned, Marguerite is carrying Faust’s child and is a social outcast. Marguerite goes to church to pray for forgiveness but collapses when she is cursed by Méphistophélès. The soldiers return with Valentin. Siébel tries to prevent him seeing Marguerite but Valentin, suspecting the worst, pushes him aside. Outside her house, Méphistophélès mockingly serenades Marguerite on Faust’s behalf. Valentin and Faust duel and, with the intervention of Méphistophélès, Valentin is fatally wounded. Marguerite comes to her brother’s side only to hear him curse her with his dying breath.

Marguerite has been driven to madness by Méphistophélès and imprisoned for infanticide. With Méphistophélès’s help, Faust goes to the prison in an attempt to save Marguerite. Faust is overwhelmed with pity and offers to rescue her from execution, but Marguerite trusts her fate to God. She panics at the sight of the Devil and, with a frantic appeal to heaven, she dies. Angelic voices proclaim that Marguerite is saved.

—adapted from English National Opera

 

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Faust

Friday, November 8th, 2013 at 8pm

Sunday, November 10th, 2013 at 3pm

Tickets go on sale August 1st, 2013

Faust page web