New Production Faust

By Charles Gounod

  • Language - Sung in French with projected English translations
  • Running Time - 3 hours, 40 minutes with 2 intermissions

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.

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This production of Faust was presented at Lyric March 3 – 21, 2018. View our calendar to see what's currently on stage.

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Faust

by Charles Gounod

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

“Salut, demeure chaste et pure”
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“O Dieu! que de bijoux!”
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“Alerte! Alerte!”
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Faust

by Charles Gounod

commentary by Nicholas Ivor Martin
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Faust 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.

PLACE: Germany

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Go inside this production of Faust with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete plot synopsis, artist bios, and more.

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Meet The Artists

Benjamin Bernheim*

Faust

Ailyn Pérez

Marguerite (3/3 - 3/18)

Ana María Martínez

Marguerite (3/21)

Christian Van Horn†

Méphistophélès

Edward Parks*

Valentin

Emmanuel Villaume

Conductor

Kevin Newbury

Director

John Frame*

Production Designer

Vita Tzykun*

Set & Costume Designer

David Adam Moore*

Projection Designer

Duane Schuler

Lighting Designer

Michael Black

Chorus Master

* Lyric Opera debut
† Ryan Opera Center alumni
‡ Current Member, Ryan Opera Center

Production Sponsors

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

ITW - LOGO

Christian Van Horn's appearance generously sponsored by Lois B. Siegel.
A coproduction of Lyric Opera of Chicago and Portland Opera.

Photo: Cory Weaver