• Details

    Berlioz’s thrilling ‘dramatic legend’ makes its Festival debut in a bold new production by Richard Jones.

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    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.

    Thanks to our kind supporters – If you would like to hear about ways in which you can support this production (from £5,000) please contact the Development team at development@glyndebourne.com

    Image credit: Shadric Toop painted collage and original photography/other images Wikimedia Commons

  • Cast and creative team

    Creative team

    Conductor Robin Ticciati

    Director Richard Jones

    Associate director/Movement Director Sarah Fahie

    Set Designer Hyemi Shin

    Costume Designer Nicky Gillibrand

    Lighting Designer Andreas Fuchs

    Additional Texts derived from Goethe’s Faust Agathe Mélinand

    London Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Glyndebourne Chorus

    Glyndebourne Youth Opera

    Trinity Boys Chior

    Cast includes

    Faust Allan Clayton

    Méphistophélès Christopher Purves

    Marguerite Julie Boulianne

    Brander Ashley Riches

  • Dates and times

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    Performance schedule Gardens Performance
    Date Open Start *Long interval Finish Train departs Victoria
    Saturday 18 May  
    3.00 5.00 6.40 8.45 1.46
    Wednesday 22 May  
    3.00 5.00 6.40 8.45 1.46
    Saturday 25 May   3.00 5.00 6.40 8.45 1.46
    Thursday 30 May   3.00 5.00 6.40 8.45 1.46
    Sunday 2 June   2.00 4.00 5.40 7.45 12.46
    Thursday 6 June   3.00 5.00 6.40 8.45 1.46
    Sunday 9 June   2.00 4.00 5.40 7.45 12.46
    Saturday 15 June   3.00 5.00 6.40 8.45 1.46
    Wednesday 19 June   3.00 5.00 6.40 8.45 1.46
    Saturday 22 June   3.00 5.00 6.40 8.45 1.46
    Thursday 27 June   3.00 5.00 6.40 8.45 1.46
    Friday 5 July   3.00 5.00 6.40 8.45 1.46
    Wednesday 10 July   3.00 5.00 6.40 8.45 1.46

    Opening night

    Insider Talk

    Study event

    *Long dining interval
    Our long dining interval lasts for 90 minutes

    Coach service: We provide a free round-trip coach service from Lewes station to Glyndebourne when you arrive on the recommended train detailed in this Performance Schedule, and there will be an additional coach service one hour later. This service is not pre-bookable and it is complimentary if used to and from Glyndebourne; a ticket is issued for your return journey.