Opéra on five acts act Music by Charles Gounod Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré - Director: Tobias Kratzer
Frustrated by the futile quest for knowledge, the erudite old Faust sells his soul to the devil in exchange for eternal youth and the beautiful Marguerite… Reworking the legend popularised by Goethe, Gounod focuses on the love story and elevates the significance of Marguerite’s fall and ultimate salvation. Choosing to lighten the narrative’s philosophical scope allows him to strike a balance between scenes where the supernatural calls for the visually spectacular and others depicting a universe governed by inward actions and feelings. Transposed to the present day, Tobias Kratzer’s Faust reflects on contemporary society’s obsession with eternal youth. His production’s sophisticated scenography oscillates between hyperrealism and magic, between the world of today and the mysterious atmosphere of German romanticism.
With Benjamin Bernheim (Faust), Christian Van Horn (Mephistopheles), Florian Sempey (Valentin), Christian Helmer (Wagner), Ermonela Jaho (Marguerite), Michèle Losier (Siebel), Sylvie Brunet-Grupposo (Dame Marthe), Jean-Yves Chilot (Faust old) Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opéra national de Paris
Conductor: Lorenzo Viotti
Production compagny : Cineteve
Coproduction compagny : Opera national de Paris, France Télévisions
Running Time : 175'
Production Year : 2021
Distribution compagny : Telmondis Distribution
Video Format : HD