The opera Faust by the French composer Charles Gounod was one of the world’s most popular operas from the 1860s to World War II, and remains a core repertory work. The story is based on Part I of Goethe’s epic literary work Faust, which was a major inspiration for many composers during the 19th century and beyond. David McVicar’s theatrical production of Gounod’s Faust will be shown in the Vancity Theatre. It draws insightful parallels between Faust and Gounod, a composer torn between piety and worldly and romantic success.
Disillusioned with life the aged philosopher Faust calls upon Satan to help him. The devil Méphistophélès appears and strikes a bargain with the philosopher: he will give him youth and the love of the beautiful Marguerite, if Faust will hand over his soul. Faust agrees, and Méphistophélès arranges matters so that Marguerite loses interest in her suitor Siébel and becomes infatuated with Faust.
The production will be shown in French with English subtitles.
Act I & II – 50 minutes
Pause – 3 minutes
Act III – 55 minutes
Interval – 25 minutes
Act IV & V – 75 minutes
When? Monday, June 17, 2019 I 1:30pm
Where? Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC, V6B 3M7