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