Gounod’s Faust was the most successful opera of its time, reaching Covent Garden in
1863, four years after its Parisian premiere, and quickly becoming a favourite of Victorian
audiences. In 2004 Faust returned to The Royal Opera’s repertory with a flourish: David
McVicar’s brilliantly theatrical production, played out in the Paris of the Second Empire,
has given its familiar melodies, grand ensembles and epic central struggle between good
and evil a new lease of life. Charles Edwards’s splendidly varied sets conjure up Gounod’s
Paris, even quoting paintings of the period, with the composer’s own internal struggle
between religious devotion and passion for the theatre supplying a clever subtext. The
downfall of Faust, the philosopher tempted by the demon Méphistophélès, and the terrible
consequences of his tainted love for the innocent Marguerite on both her and her brother
Valentin, are charted with insight and theatrical bravura. With its devilish presentation of
the Cabaret L’Enfer, where Gounod’s famous Waltz brings the second act to an eyecatching
climax, this production reclaims Faust for the 21st century. The cast includes
rising star Vittorio Grigolo as the dashing Faust, René Pape as his nemesis Méphistophélès,
Dmitri Hvorostovsky as the luckless Valentin and Angela Gheorghiu, returning to the role
she created in this production in 2004, as the innocent Marguerite.

For the full World Opera and Ballet 2012/2013 Season schedule click here.

Dates & Times

  • Dates

    17 Feb 2013 -
  • Time

    2 & 6PM
  • Price

    R50 - R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 50 minutes (excluding one interval)
  • Language

    Sung in French with English subtitles

Cast & Creative

  • Cast

    • Vittorio GrigoloFaust
    • Michèle LosierSiébel
    • René PapeMéphistophélès
    • Dmitri HvorostovskyValentin
    • Angela GheorghiuValentin
    • Angela GheorghiuMarguerite
    • Daniel GriceWagner
    • Carole WilsonMarthe Schwertlein
  • Creative

    • Evelino PidòConductor
    • Brigitte ReiffenstueCostume designs
    • David McVicarStage Director
    • Paule ConstableLighting design
    • Charles Edwards lSet design