10th Festival Palazzetto Bru Zane Paris


A semi-seria opera in four acts by Louise Bertin, from Goethe, first staged at the Théâtre-Italien (Salle Favart) in Paris on 7 March 1831.
Opera Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Fausto, a semi-seria opera in four acts, first staged at the Théâtre-Italien (Salle Favart) in Paris on 7 March 1831, marks the convergence of two extremely rare situations in operas of the Romantic period: it is the work of a woman and (although Italian in language, style and genre) it was composed by a French woman. Two years after the publication of Berlioz’s Huit Scènes de Faust, Louise Bertin in turn drew inspiration from Goethe’s play and demonstrated the modernity of her aesthetic ambitions. Although it received only three performances, today her Fausto deserves a second hearing. Although it was first performed with a tenor (Domenico Donzelli) in the title role, the Palazzetto Bru Zane has chosen to première the original version of this opera, the manuscript of which reveals that the role of Faust was intended to be sung by a woman: a première commensurate with the talent of Karine Deshayes!


Tue 20 June 2023
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris


Christophe Rousset conductor

Fausto Karine Deshayes
Margarita Karina Gauvin
Mefistofele Ante Jerkunica
Valentino Nico Darmanin
Catarina Marie Gautrot
Una strega / Marta Diana Axentii
Wagner / Un banditore Thibault de Damas
Concert performance
Co-production Théâtre des Champs-Élysées / Palazzetto Bru Zane / Les Talens Lyriques / Flemish Radio Choir
Score published by the Palazzetto Bru Zane
Recording for the ‘French opera’ series - Bru Zane Label
Bru Zane Mediabase
Digital resources for French Romantic music
Louise Bertin