La damnation de Faust
Corporate toolkit production overview
18 May–10 July
Faust is on the brink of suicide when smooth-talking Méphistophélès appears, offering an alternative: he will give Faust all the pleasures of the world in return for just one thing – his immortal soul. When the scholar agrees it sets in motion a story that takes him from love to cruellest loss, delight to death and despair and ultimately from salvation to damnation.
Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust is a musical thrill-ride – an operatic tour-de-force that throws all of music’s capacity at one simple question: what is the price of the human soul? A vast orchestra and chorus conjure the composer’s fantastical visions in music that ranges from tender love-songs and ecstatic hymns to drinking songs and military marches, culminating in the relentless, propulsive violence of the ‘Ride to the Abyss’.
Glyndebourne Music Director Robin Ticciati brings Berlioz’s Faust to Glyndebourne for the very first time with a cast of Festival favourites, including Allan Clayton as Faust and Christopher Purves as his seductive tempter Méphistophélès.
This is a brand new production for Festival 2019. Images will be added to the toolkit when available.