Faust | Opera Australia
ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE, STATE THEATRE
NOVEMBER 27 - DECEMBER 7, 2019
What would you give up your soul for?
Faust intends to win his heart's desires, even if it costs him his soul. Led into temptation by the charming Méphistophélès, the ageing academic swaps moral restraint for a salacious journey through life's earthly pleasures. But as the lives around him start to unravel, the devil, it seems, is in the detail.
Sir David McVicar's grand production sets the opera in the composer's own time: the decadence and debauchery of 1870s Paris. Between towering cathedral columns and the crumbling proscenium arch of the theatre, Faust's terrible pact plays out in all of its sinister splendour.
And splendid it is. Charles Edwards' stunning sets recreate iconic Paris landmarks, including a colourful Cabaret de L'Enfer, an opera box from the Palais Garnier and the organ loft of Notre-Dame.
Brigitte Reiffenstuel's lavish costumes are truly spectacular. The images are at once delightful and disturbing, a reminder that given the chance, any one of us might stumble down Faust's road.
Behind all this is the resounding beauty of Gounod's music, including the famous ' Soldier's Chorus', the rousing 'Le veau d'or' and Marguerite's beautiful 'Jewel Song'.
Faust is grand opera at its very best, with a hefty dose of theatricality and wit from a director renowned for his nuanced productions.
French maestro Guillaume Tourniaire leads an exciting cast. Saimir Pirgu sings the title role with the impossibly young Kazakh soprano, Maria Mudryak, as Marguerite. Teddy Tahu Rhodes is dazzling as Méphistophélès.
When & Where
Date/s: Wednesday 27th November 2019 - Saturday 7th December 2019
Venue || Location
State Theatre Events 3 Events
⊜ 100 St Kilda Rd Melbourne | Map
✆ Event: 1300 182 183 | Venue: Bookings: 1300 182 183
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