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    La Damnation de Faust

    Hector Berlioz

    A musical epic served up by a top-flight vocal team and the Radio France Chorus.

    Christian Macelaru
    Christian Macelaru © Christophe Abramovitz
    Photo de John Irvin © Darya Buben
    John Irvin © Darya Buben
    Stéphanie d'Oustrac
    Stéphanie d'Oustrac © Jean Baptiste Millot
    Photo de Paul Gay - Droits réservés
    Paul Gay - Droits réservés
    Photo de Frédéric Caton © Cyril Cosson
    Frédéric Caton © Cyril Cosson

    Stanislas de Barbeyrac is unwell and has been replaced by John Irvin in the role of Faust.
    Thank you for your understanding

    John Irvin | Faust
    Stéphanie d’Oustrac | Marguerite 
    Paul Gay | Méphistophélès
    Frédéric Caton | Brander

    Cristian Măcelaru | direction
    Orchestre National de France
    Chœur de Radio France | direction Josep Vila I Casañas

    Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust undoubtedly belongs to that category of works which seems to be suspended in time. Berlioz took almost twenty years to complete this dramatic legend and visionary poem akin to both a grand opera (which it subsequently became) and a symphonic poem (a form in which the French musician’s mastery rivalled that of Strauss). Instantly captivated by Gérard de Nerval’s translation of Goethe’s Faust, Berlioz was haunted for many years by the idea of setting the legend to music. From the plains of Hungary to Faust’s study, and from the banks of the Elbe to Marguerite’s bedchamber, this work is a major example of the Romantic aesthetic. 

    Coproduction Théâtre des Champs-Elysées | Radio France
    France Musique et ARTE Concert diffusent ce concert en direct.