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    Faust

    Faust

    Overview

    In the most diabolical futures trade ever placed, Méphistophélès persuades Faust to bargain away his eternal soul for the opportunity to seduce Marguerite. Gounod’s quintessential Romantic-era opera, Faust joins the Santa Fe repertory in this new production led by chief conductor Frédéric Chaslin and director Stephen Lawless. Ailyn Pérez stars as Marguerite. The title role is sung by Bryan Hymel.

    July 1, 6, 9, 15; August 1, 8, 15, 20, 24, 27

    Synopsis

    Charles Gounod composer

    Sung in French

    Act I
    Alone in his study, the aged Dr. Faust worries that his lifelong search for the meaning of existence has been useless. He raises a goblet of poison to his lips but hesitates when he hears young people outside his window, awakening all the unfulfilled passions of his youth. Cursing life, the philosopher calls on the devil for help. Méphistophélès appears, and Faust tells him he craves youth and pleasure. This can be arranged if Faust will forfeit his soul. Faust hesitates until Méphistophélès produces a vision of the beautiful Marguerite. A magic potion transforms Faust into a handsome young man, and he leaves with Méphistophélès in search of Marguerite and pleasure.

    Act II
    Soldiers and townspeople celebrate the local fair. A young officer, Valentin, holding a medallion from his sister Marguerite, asks his friend, the young boy Siébel, to protect the girl in his absence and then bids a touching farewell. Wagner, a student, begins a lively song but is interrupted by Méphistophélès, who sings an homage to greed and gluttony. The Devil refuses a drink from Wagner and amazes the crowd by causing new wine to flow from an old keg. When he proposes a toast to Marguerite, Valentin draws his sword, but it shatters. Recognizing Satan, the soldiers hold their swords like crosses before Méphistophélès, who leaves in disgust. As the crowd begins a waltz, Faust manages to speak to Marguerite just before she demurely refuses to let him escort her home. Méphistophélès returns to lead the merrymakers in their dance.

    Act III
    Siébel briefly visits Marguerite's garden to leave her a bouquet of flowers. The romantic youth is followed by Faust and Méphistophélès, who goes in search of a gift to outshine Siébel's. Left alone, Faust hails Marguerite's simple home. Méphistophélès returns with a box of jewels that he places near Siébel’s flowers. When Marguerite arrives in the garden, she sings a ballad about the king of Thule, distractedly interrupting the verses with reflections on the stranger she has met. Discovering the flowers and box, the girl exclaims in delight as she adorns herself with jewels. Unable to resist the temptation, she tries on all the jewels. Faust completes his seduction. As Méphistophélès invokes a night full of stars, Marguerite confesses her love, but nevertheless begs Faust to leave. The Devil mocks Faust's failure, and points to Marguerite, who has reappeared at her window, still enraptured by the night of love. She yields to his embraces, as Méphistophélès' taunting laughter is heard in the garden.

    Act IV
    Scene 1
    Marguerite seeks refuge in church, only to be pursued by Méphistophélès, who curses her and torments her with threats of damnation. She collapses.
    Scene 2
    In the town square, Valentin and his comrades return from war, singing the glory of those slain in battle. Valentin questions Siébel about Marguerite but receives only vague answers. Faust, repenting his abandonment of Marguerite, arrives with Méphistophélès, who serenades the girl with a lewd ballad. Valentin, defending his sister's honor, fights a duel with Faust. At a crucial moment, Méphistophélès intervenes and Valentin is fatally wounded. As the Devil drags Faust away, Marguerite kneels by her fatally wounded brother, who curses her with his last breath. She rises slowly and giggling madly to herself, moves through the crowd of villagers.

    Act V
    Marguerite lies sleeping on the floor of her prison cell, where she has been confined for the murder of her illegitimate child. Faust and Méphistophélès appear in the cell to help her escape. As the Devil keeps watch, Faust wakens Marguerite; at first the distracted girl is overjoyed to see her lover, but instead of fleeing with him she tarries to recall their first days of happiness. Marguerite calls on the angels to save her and she walks to the gallows. Méphistophélès pronounces her condemned, but as she approaches the hangman, a choir of angels proclaims her salvation.

    Artists

    • Marguerite - Ailyn Perez
    • Marthe - Jamie Barton
    • Siebel - Jennifer Holloway
    • Faust - Bryan Hymel
    • Valentin (thru 8/1) - Matthew Worth
    • Valentin (from 8/8) - Christopher Magiera
    • Mephistopheles - Mark S. Doss
    • Wagner - Darik Knutsen
    • Conductor - Frédéric Chaslin
    • Director - Stephen Lawless
    • Scenic Designer - Benoit Dugardyn
    • Costume Designer - Susan Willmington
    • Lighting Designer - Pat Collins
    • Choreographer - Nicola Bowie

    Profiles

    Ailyn Perez (Marguerite)

    Biography 

    Jamie Barton (Marthe)

    Biography   

    Jennifer Holloway (Siebel)

    Biography 

    Bryan Hymel (Faust)

    Biography 

    Matthew Worth (Valentin)

    Biography 

    Christopher Magiera (Valentin)

    Biography 

    Mark S. Doss (Mephistopheles)

    Biography 

    Frederic Chaslin (Conductor)

    Biography     

    Stephen Lawless (Director)

    Biography 

    Benoit DuGardyn (Scenic Designer)

    Biography 

    Sue Wilmington (Costume Designer)

    Biography 

    Nicola Bowie (Choreographer)

    Biography 

    Video and Audio

    Video and Autio

    "Me voici!" (Here I am!) 2:07 duration

    Faust is stunned as Méphistophélès proudly announces his arrival and reveals his satanic identity.

    Nicolai Ghiaurov (Méphistophélès), Placido Domingo (Faust), Georges Pretre conducts the Orchestre de l'Opera de Paris. To purchase this EMI recording click here.

    "Un bouquet!...O Dieu! que de bijoux!" (3:48 duration)

    Méphistophélès has left a casket of jewels for Margeurite's enticement. Marguerite is clearly mesmerized as she admires herself and her new adornments. "The Jewel Song" is one of the most famous coloratura arias ever written.

    Mirella Freni (Marguerite), Georges Pretre conducts the Orchestre de l'Opera de Paris. To purchase this EMI recording click here.

    "Il se fait tard!" (3:42 duration)

    Méphistophélès lurks as Faust and Marguerite are drawn to one another.

    Placido Domingo (Faust), Mirella Freni (Marguerite), Georges Pretre conducts the Orchestre de l'Opera de Paris. To purchase this EMI recording click here.

    Mark Doss as Méphistophélès
    Méphistophélès (Mark Doss) sings his famous aria about the idolatry of the Golden Calf, "Le veau d'or." 
    Faust, Act II
    The townspeople gather at the fair. Little do they know the devil's in their midst...
    The Jewel Song

    Marguerite (Ailyn Pérez) is bewitched by Méphistophélès' malevolent jewels.

    Part 1 (Duration 2:50)

    General Director Charles MacKay and Director Stephen Lawless talk about the new production of Faust.

    Part 2 (Duration 3:11)

    General Director Charles MacKay and Director Stephen Lawless talk about the new production of Faust.

    Interview with Faust Conductor Frédéric Chaslin (Part 1 Duration 4:11)
    Interview with Faust Conductor Frédéric Chaslin (Part 2 Duration 4:12)