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Gounod: Faust

Duration:
3 hours
First broadcast:
Thursday 22 April 2010

Gounod's Faust from Chicago.

Faust remains Charles Gounod's best-known work, and although it took some time to achieve renown, it has become one of the most frequently staged operas in the repertory. Based on a libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carre, the drama unfolds over five acts, in which Faust sells his soul to Mephistopheles in exchange for a renewal of his youth and passion - a pact that has tragic consequences for him and for the young girl, Marguerite, with whom he falls in love. First staged at the Paris Theatre Lyrique on 19th March 1859, it's very different to the other operas being written at the time. After hearing the work, Saint-Saens described it as "simplicity which attains to the highest consummation of art."

For Lyric Opera Chicago's production of this masterpiece, the company's chorus and orchestra are joined by a stellar line-up of soloists, under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis. Presented by Louise Fryer

Faust......Piotr Beczala, tenor
Marguerite......Ana Maria Martinez, soprano
Mephistopheles......Rene Pape, bass
Valentin......Lucas Meachem, baritone
Siebel......Katherine Lerner, soprano
Marthe......Jane Bunnell, soprano
Wagner......Corey Crider, baritone
Lyric Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis, conductor.

  • Piotr Beczala (Faust) & Rene Pape (Mephistopheles)

    Piotr Beczala (Faust) & Rene Pape (Mephistopheles)

  • Rene Pape (Mephistopheles)

    Rene Pape (Mephistopheles)

  • A ghostly apparition!

    A ghostly apparition!

  • Rene Pape (Mephistopheles)

    Rene Pape (Mephistopheles)

  • Rene Pape (Mephistopheles)

    Rene Pape (Mephistopheles)

  • Ana Maria Martinez (Marguerite) & Piotr Beczala (Faust)

    Ana Maria Martinez (Marguerite) & Piotr Beczala (Faust)

  • Ana Maria Martinez (Marguerite) & Piotr Beczala (Faust)

    Ana Maria Martinez (Marguerite) & Piotr Beczala (Faust)

  • Ana Maria Martinez (Marguerite)

    Ana Maria Martinez (Marguerite)

  • Ana Maria Martinez (Marguerite) & Piotr Beczala (Faust)

    Ana Maria Martinez (Marguerite) & Piotr Beczala (Faust)

  • Ana Maria Martinez (Marguerite) & Piotr Beczala (Faust)

    Ana Maria Martinez (Marguerite) & Piotr Beczala (Faust)

  • Piotr Beczala (Faust), Rene Pape (Mephistopheles) & Ana Maria Martinez (Marguerite)

    Piotr Beczala (Faust), Rene Pape (Mephistopheles) & Ana Maria Martinez (Marguerite)

  • Rene Pape (Mephistopheles), Piotr Beczala (Faust) & Ana Maria Martinez (Marguerite)

    Rene Pape (Mephistopheles), Piotr Beczala (Faust) & Ana Maria Martinez (Marguerite)

    Photographs by Dan Rest - courtesy of Lyric Opera Chicago

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