One of the seven wonders of French opera, driven by incredible musical expressivity comprising drama and pathos.
Christophe Rousset © Eric Larrayadieu
Véronique Gens © F. Juery Alpha Classics
Jean-François Borras - DR
Jean-François Borras Faust
Véronique Gens Marguerite
Juliette Mars Siebel
Ingrid Perruche Dame Marthe
Andrew Foster-Williams Méphistophélès
Jean-Sébastien Bou Valentin
Guillaume Andrieux Wagner
Christophe Rousset direction
Les Talens Lyriques
Chœur de la Radio Flamande
Gounod revisits Goethe to compose an ode to pride and repentance. Here, the hero no longer sells his soul to Mephisto in exchange for knowledge and power, but demands youth instead. This will enable him to seduce gentle Marguerite, whom he then abandons in favour of a life of debauchery. Marguerite, who has killed her child and is ostracised by everyone, becomes mad and dies. Faust’s prayer comes much too late as his fate is already sealed. It is easy to understand the resonance of this drama for the audience and the immediate success which it achieved. All the ingredients of grand opéra in the French style can be found in this dream setting: a romantic libretto, a series of colourful tableaux, and a long list of hit tunes including the famous “Jewel Song”, which will fit the elegant Véronique Gens like a glove.
Coproduction Palazzetto Bru Zane / Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
Dans le cadre du 6e Festival Palazzetto Bru Zane à Paris
Opera in 5 acts based on a libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré from Goethe), created on 19 March 1859 at Théâtre-Lyrique (first version with dialogs).
Sung in French with French subtitles