Faust

Charles Gounod

19 Sep, 18 - 07 Oct, 18

Musical conductor: Dan Ettinger

Stage Director: Àlex Ollé

3H15

With 5 parts

19 Sep 18

Premiere Date

07 Oct 18

Last Performance

13

Performances

The Teatro Real opens its 2018/19 season with a new production of Faust by Charles Gounod, the version of the German legend in a grand opera format. Piotr Beczala and Ismael Jordi share the part of the protagonist - the figure of relentless ambition par excellence -, while Marina Rebeka and Irina Lungu sing the role of Marguerite. Àlex Ollé directs this captivating opera after his recent success of The Flying Dutchman in this theatre It will be the third time that La Fura dels Baus stages the Faustian legend.


Opera in five acts

Music by Charles Gounod (1818-1893)

Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, based upon the play Faust et Marguerite (1850) by  Michel Carré and the play of the same name (1808) by Johann Wolfgang Goethe

Premiered at the Théâtre Lyrique de Paris on 19 March 1859
Premiered at the Teatro Real on 18 January 1865
 
New production by the Teatro Real, in co-production with De Nationale Opera & Ballet of Amsterdam

Principal Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real

(Coro Intermezzo / Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid)

Language

Italiano

Subtitles in

Español, Inglés

                   

Synopsis of Faust

Act I

Faust is world-weary. Again and again he is confronted with the limits of his knowledge. Now, convinced that the end of his life’s journey is in sight, he yearns only for death. In the distance he hears the voices of young girls, who, together with their friends, sing the praises of God and the beauty of life. Faust, however, has lost his faith in God. He curses religion and calls on Satan for help. The devil promptly appears in the guise of Méphistophélès, and promises Faust that he will fulfil all his wishes. The aging scholar desires eternal youth, which the devil will give him in return for his soul. As proof of his powers he offers Faust a vision of the girl Marguerite. Is this truly what is awaiting him? Faust signs the contract forthwith and drinks the elixir of youth, which turns him into a young man. The two set off in order to meet the girl that very day.

Act II

A jolly fair is in full swing. The youth Siebel, who is in love with Marguerite, promises her brother Valentin he will protect her while Valentin is off at war. Whether he will return safe and sound from the glory of battle, only God knows, but there is still serious drinking to do before he departs. Méphistophélès interrupts the carousing; he sings a song about the Golden Calf, in which he intends to flaunt Satan’s power. He boasts of his sorcery, offers them better wine, and claims to predict Siebel’s future. But when he makes a toast to Marguerite, Valentin has had enough of his effrontery. Only with the sign of the cross is he able to fend off his adversary. The feast carries on. Faust waits impatiently for the moment he can meet the girl of his vision face to face. At last, there she is! But when he offers his arm, Marguerite refuses.

Act III

Faust and Méphistophélès watch as Siebel brings Marguerite flowers. The first bouquet withers at his touch, but once he has washed his hands in holy water he can pluck new ones and lay them at his beloved’s doorstep. While Faust eagerly anticipates a second meeting with Marguerite, Méphistophélès appears with a casket of jewels, which are more likely to impress the girl than Siebel’s flowers. The seducer and his cohort lie in wait to observe the girl’s reaction to their gift. Marguerite enters and tries to distract herself with an innocent song, but cannot contain her curiosity and opens the box. She drapes herself with the jewels straight away and undergoes a veritable metamorphosis. Her friend Marthe Schwerdtlein joins her, and although she can hardly believe her eyes, she reassures Marguerite that the jewels were undeniably meant for her. At the same time, however, Marthe is getting in the way of the romantic rendezvous that Faust so violently desires. Méphistophélès distracts the older woman so that Faust and Marguerite can finally be left alone undisturbed, and Marthe, for her part, is pleased to have finally found herself a cavalier. Faust declares his love for Marguerite; she believes him, but when he wants to spend the night with her, she becomes skittish and sends him away until the following day. Faust is about to give up hope when Marguerite invites him to stay after all. Méphistophélès roars with laughter, confirming who the real winner is in this game of love.

Act IV

Marguerite is pregnant and Faust has deserted her. The other girls taunt her; Siebel is the only friend who has remained true to her. Marguerite still loves Faust, even though she knows he will never return. Siebel swears to avenge her dishonour. She appreciates his friendship, but seeks comfort in the church, where she goes to pray for Faust and their child. But even the church is hardly a haven of mercy. Méphistophélès has concealed himself there; he peppers her with new guilty thoughts. Confused by all the voices, Marguerite begs God for forgiveness but hears only Méphistophélès’ curses. She collapses. Valentin has returned from battle and goes to pay his sister a visit. Siebel tries to restrain him, not wanting him to learn of Marguerite’s disgrace. Faust too longs for Marguerite. Méphistophélès sings a lewd song intended to lure Marguerite out of the house, but instead her brother appears, demanding a duel with the man who brought shame upon his sister. Aided by Méphistophélès’ sorcery, Faust fatally wounds Valentin. As he dies, it is clear to him who bears the guilt for his death: Marguerite. He curses his sister.

Act V

Méphistophélès takes Faust with him to his realm, and shows him the delights awaiting him. All manner of women attempt to seduce the scholar. But then Faust sees a pale vision of Marguerite. It is as though she is doomed. He demands to see her once more, in order to rescue her –his final request to Méphistophélès. Marguerite has been condemned to death for killing her child. Faust begs her to escape with him. They reminisce about their first encounter, but Marguerite is in no state to follow him. Méphistophélès urges them to flee as swiftly as possible, and she recognizes him as the devil. She prays to God and finds salvation in death. As Méphistophélès curses her, celestial voices signify that her soul has been saved.

Show functions

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  • Subscription ticket

19 September 2018

22:00

Main Auditorium

Piotr Beczala, Luca Pisaroni, Marina Rebeka, Stéphane Degout, Isaac Galán, Serena Malfi, Sylvie Brunet-Grupposo
Subscription tickets E

22 September 2018

22:00

Main Auditorium

Piotr Beczala, Luca Pisaroni, Marina Rebeka, Stéphane Degout, Isaac Galán, Serena Malfi, Sylvie Brunet-Grupposo
Subscription tickets G

20 September 2018

22:00

Main Auditorium

Ismael Jordi, Erwin Schrott, Irina Lungu, John Chest, Isaac Galán, Annalisa Stroppa, DIANA MONTAGUE
Subscription tickets X

23 September 2018

22:00

Main Auditorium

Ismael Jordi, Erwin Schrott, Irina Lungu, John Chest, Isaac Galán, Annalisa Stroppa, DIANA MONTAGUE
Subscription tickets W

24 September 2018

22:00

Main Auditorium

Piotr Beczala, Luca Pisaroni, Marina Rebeka, Stéphane Degout, Isaac Galán, Serena Malfi, Sylvie Brunet-Grupposo
Subscription tickets Z

27 September 2018

22:00

Main Auditorium

Ismael Jordi, Erwin Schrott, Irina Lungu, John Chest, Isaac Galán, Annalisa Stroppa, DIANA MONTAGUE
Subscription tickets Y

28 September 2018

22:00

Main Auditorium

Piotr Beczala, Luca Pisaroni, Marina Rebeka, Stéphane Degout, Isaac Galán, Serena Malfi, Sylvie Brunet-Grupposo
Subscription tickets A

30 September 2018

22:00

Main Auditorium

Ismael Jordi, Adam Palka, Irina Lungu, John Chest, Isaac Galán, Annalisa Stroppa, DIANA MONTAGUE
Subscription tickets B

01 October 2018

22:00

Main Auditorium

Piotr Beczala, Luca Pisaroni, Marina Rebeka, Stéphane Degout, Isaac Galán, Serena Malfi, Sylvie Brunet-Grupposo
Subscription tickets V

03 October 2018

22:00

Main Auditorium

Ismael Jordi, Adam Palka, Irina Lungu, John Chest, Isaac Galán, Annalisa Stroppa, DIANA MONTAGUE
Subscription tickets C

04 October 2018

22:00

Main Auditorium

Piotr Beczala, Luca Pisaroni, Marina Rebeka, Stéphane Degout, Isaac Galán, Serena Malfi, Sylvie Brunet-Grupposo
Subscription tickets D

06 October 2018

22:00

Main Auditorium

Ismael Jordi, Erwin Schrott, Irina Lungu, John Chest, Isaac Galán, Annalisa Stroppa, DIANA MONTAGUE
Subscription tickets F

07 October 2018

20:00

Main Auditorium

Piotr Beczala, Luca Pisaroni, Marina Rebeka, Stéphane Degout, Isaac Galán, Serena Malfi, Sylvie Brunet-Grupposo
Subscription tickets H

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Enfoques

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Encuentro con los artistas de la producción. 13 de septiembre, 20.15 h. Sala Gayarre. Acceso libre. Aforo limitado.

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September

2018

20:15

En torno a Faust

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José Luis Téllez desgrana al público interesado las claves de la ópera todos los días de función, 45 minutos antes de la misma. Sala Gayarre. Aforo limitado.

06

September

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Domingos de Cámara

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Concierto a cargo de los solistas de la Orquesta Titular del Teatro Real. 7 de octubre, 12.00 h. Sala principal.

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October

2018

12:00

Ópera en Cine

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Proyección de Los cuentos de Hoffmann30 de septiembre, 11.00 h. Sala principal.

30

September

2018

11:00

¡Todos a la Gayarre!

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El diablo acecha. Talleres musicales para toda la familia. 7 de octubre, 12.00 y 17.00 h. Sala Gayarre.

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October

2018

12:00

Retransmisión en directo

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Retransmisión de Faust en el canal Mezzo y a través de la UER. 4 de octubre, 20.00 h.

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October

2018

20:00

Filmoteca Española

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Proyección en torno a la producción del Teatro Real. Septiembre de 2018. Fecha por determinar.

06

September

2018

Una obra, una ópera

What's OnMuseo del Romanticismo

Mefistófeles, de Joaquín Espalter (1872). Cuadro que representa al Fausto de Goethe en el momento de raptar a Marguerite. Septiembre de 2018

06

September

2018

Exposición

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 La emoción de la ópera: escenarios y protagonistas de Europa a Madrid. Un recorrido por la ópera del siglo XIX a través de partituras, imágenes y documentos inéditos. 2 de octubre a 22 de febrero. Biblioteca histórica Marqués de Valdecilla

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