12th Festival Palazzetto Bru Zane Paris

Faust

Opera in a prologue and four acts by Charles Gounod, libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, after Goethe. First performed at the Théâtre-Lyrique in Paris on 19 March 1859. New version with ballet and recitatives premiered at the Paris Opéra (Théâtre Impérial de l’Opéra) on 3 March 1869.
Opera Opéra Comique
Gounod had been thinking of composing a version of Faust since his residence at the Villa Medici in Rome in the 1840s, but it was not until almost twenty years later that one of the most famous scores of French Romanticism was premiered at the Théâtre-Lyrique in Paris (1859). Its debut at the Paris Opéra in 1869 propelled the work into theatres the world over, but numerous modifications were the price of achieving that fame. Between the Faust of 1859 and the version of 1869, some of the spirit had evaporated: the spontaneity in the spoken dialogue and melodrama. Many pieces also disappeared as a result of those changes, including a splendid duet for Marguerite and Valentin and a curious chorus of witches in the Walpurgis Night scene. To discover the original version of Faust is to gain a deeper insight into the French demi-caractère aesthetic that was so specific to Paris in the 1850s. This version of Faust was published by Bru Zane Label as a CD-book in 2019.

Dates

Sat 21 June 2025
20.00
Opéra Comique, Paris
Mon 23 June 2025
20.00
Opéra Comique, Paris
Wed 25 June 2025
20.00
Opéra Comique, Paris
Fri 27 June 2025
20.00
Opéra Comique, Paris
Sun 29 June 2025
15.00
Opéra Comique, Paris
Tue 1 July 2025
20.00
Opéra Comique, Paris

Performers

ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE LILLE
CHŒUR DE L’OPÉRA DE LILLE
Louis Langrée musical director

Denis Podalydès stage director
Laurent Delvert assistant stage director
Éric Ruf set designer
Christian Lacroix costumes
Bertrand Couderc lighting
Cécile Bon movement collaborator
Mathieu Romano choirmaster
Nicolas Chesneau vocal conductor
Louis Arene masks
Véronique Soulier Nguyen hair and make-up
Laurent Podalydès assistant stage director
Zoé Pautet assistant set designer
Jean-Philippe Pons costume assistant

Dr Faust Julien Dran
Méphistophélès Jérôme Boutillier
Marguerite Vannina Santoni
Valentin Lionel Lhote
Wagner Anas Séguin
Siébel Juliette Mey
Dame Marthe Marie Lenormand
Staged version
New production
Opéra de Lille
Co-production
Opéra-Comique / Palazzetto Bru Zane
Score published by
Bärenreiter
As part of the Festival Palazzetto Bru Zane Paris

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