Faust


Faust at Lyric Opera of Chicago

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Faust


Faust at Lyric Opera of Chicago

NEW PRODUCTION

FAUST

by Charles Gounod
MARCH 3 – 21
Sung in French with projected English translations


 

Faust Opera Overview

Who doesn’t long to be young again? It happens for the aging philosopher Faust — he sells his soul to the devil and, in exchange, is transformed into a dashing young man. He falls in love with the innocent Marguerite, with disastrous consequences. Gounod’s masterpiece has been one of the world’s most popular operas for more than 150 years. You’ll know why when you hear the score, which simply bursts with memorable music. Marguerite’s Jewel Song, the Soldiers’ Chorus, the spectacular final trio — these and much more make Faust a sublime experience for young and old alike.
“Benjamin Bernheim was a revelation...flawless and pure, ranging from delicate pianissimo to heroic fortissimo as required. This was an astonishing performance.”
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PRODUCTION SPONSORS

LIZ STIFFEL
HENRY M. AND GILDA R.
BUCHBINDER
STEFAN EDLIS AND 
GAEL NEESON
ETHEL AND WILLIAM
GOFEN
HARRIS FAMILY
FOUNDATION
ITW

 
Christian Van Horn's appearance generously sponsored by Lois B. Siegel.

 A coproduction of Lyric Opera of Chicago and Portland Opera.
 



Approximate Running Time: 3 hours, 40 minutes with 2 intermissions

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Photo: Production design by John Frame; scenic design and rendering by Vita Tzykun.

Faust Opera Resources


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Synopsis


The aging scholar Faust believes he has wasted his life and longs to be young again. In a deal with Mephistopheles, Faust sells his soul to the devil and in return is transformed into a handsome young man. When he falls in love with the beautiful young Marguerite, he soon finds that having all that you desire comes with a price.

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FAUST at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Audio Highlights

Charles Gounod

Warner Classics recording — Studer, Leech, Van Dam, Hampson, cond. Rizzi. Courtesy of Warner Classics.

“Salut, demeure chaste et pure”


“O Dieu! que de bijoux!”


“Alerte! Alerte!”



Faust

Opera Commentary


commentary by Nicholas Ivor Martin



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Music for Faust provided by through generous arrangement with Warner Classics, Official Education and Promotion Music Provider for Lyric Opera of Chicago.

© 2017/18 Lyric Opera Commentaries Original sound recordings of musical excerpts used by permission of Warner Music Group. All rights reserved. Recording & Production services provided by Mark Travis.
Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Sculpture by John Frame

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Video Preview of Gounod's Faust at Lyric Opera of Chicago

FAUST Trailer

Director Kevin Newbury on FAUST

Director Kevin Newbury on FAUST

From the podium with Maestro Emmanuel Villaume // FAUST Sitzprobe

Maestro Emmanuel Villaume // FAUST Sitzprobe

Introducing Visual Artist John Frame

Introducing Visual Artist John Frame

Designer Vita Tzykun on FAUST

Designer Vita Tzykun on FAUST

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