Gounod's Faust from the Royal Opera House
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Join us Saturday at 1 pm for Faust, Gounod's lush drama about a man who confronts both the devil incarnate and the hellish consequences of his own weakness. David McVicar's much-traveled production sets the action in the Paris of Gounod’s later years, on the eve of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870's Paris.
Some may recall that this is the production that was to have featured superstar soprano Anna Netrebko, who withdrew at the last minute. The Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva proved a more than able replacement as Marguerite, alongside bass-baritone Bryn Terfel as Méphilsophélès, and tenor Joseph Calleja in the title role.
Faust: Joseph Calleja (tenor)
Marguerite: Sonya Yoncheva (soprano)
Méphistophélès: Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)
Valentin: Simon Keenlyside (baritone)
Siébel: Renata Pokupic (mezzo-soprano)
Wagner: Jihoon Kim (baritone)
Marthe: Diana Montague (mezzo-soprano)
Royal Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Maurizio Benini, conductor