Faust

Gounod
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    Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
    Melbourne • 27 Nov - 07 Dec
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    Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
    Sydney • 10 Feb - 11 Mar
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    Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
    Melbourne • 27 Nov - 07 Dec
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    Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
    Sydney • 10 Feb - 11 Mar
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    Pre-sale ends 8AM, Tue 15 October
    $335.00 - $369.00*
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About the event

What would you give up your soul for? Faust intends to win his heart’s desires, even if it costs him his soul.

The charming Méphistophélès offers him a salacious journey through life’s pleasures.Faust bargains away eternity and dives right in. But as the lives around him start to unravel, the devil, it seems, is in the detail.

This grand production sets the opera in the decadence and debauchery of 1870s Paris. Cathedral columns tower behind a crumbling proscenium arch, where Faust’s terrible pact plays out in all its sinister splendour. And splendid it is. Charles Edwards’ stunning sets recreate iconic Paris landmarks, including a colourful Cabaret de l’Enfer, an opera box from the Palais Garnier and the organ loft of Notre-Dame.

Brigitte Reiffenstuel’s lavish costumes are spectacular. The images are at once delightful and disturbing, a reminder that given the chance, any one of us might stumble down Faust’s road. Behind all this is the resounding beauty of Gounod’s music, including the famous Soldiers’ Chorus, the rousing ‘Le veau d’or’ and Marguerite’s beautiful Jewel Song.

Faust is grand opera at its very best, with a hefty dose of theatricality from renowned director, Sir David McVicar. Lorenzo Passerini conducts an exciting cast. Who better to play the devil than the devilishly handsome Teddy Tahu Rhodes? Ivan Magrì is Faust, and Irina Lungu is the woman he loves, Marguerite. Michael Honeyman is her brother, Valentin.