Description“I want a treasure which contains them all! I want youth!”
Frustrated by the futile quest for knowledge, the erudite old Faust sells his soul to the devil in exchange for eternal youth and the beautiful Marguerite…
Reworking the legend popularised by Goethe, Gounod focuses on the love story and elevates the significance of Marguerite’s fall and ultimate salvation. Choosing to lighten the narrative’s philosophical scope allows him to strike a balance between scenes where the supernatural calls for the visually spectacular and others depicting a universe governed by inward actions and feelings.
Transposed to the present day, Tobias Kratzer’s Faust reflects on contemporary society’s obsession with eternal youth. His production’s sophisticated scenography oscillates between hyperrealism and magic, between the world of today and the mysterious atmosphere of German romanticism.
The Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus
A coproduction of the Paris Opera and Cinétévé, with the participation of France Télévisions,
With the exceptional support of Rolex, Timepiece of the Paris Opera, the Cercle Berlioz and the support of the Orange Foundation, patron of the Paris Opera's audiovisual broadcasts, and the Centre National du Cinéma et de l'image animée.
Director: Julien Condemine
© Opéra national de Paris – Cinétévé – 2021
- Doctor Faust
- Siebel: a student
- Valentin: Marguerite’s brother
- Wagner: a friend of Valentin
- Dame Marthe: Marguerite’s neighbour