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.
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Cast and creative team
Conductor Robin Ticciati
Director Richard Jones
Orchestra London Philharmonic Orchestra
Faust Allan Clayton
Marguerite Julie Boulianne
Méphistophélès Christopher Purves