Faust

Grand opera at its very best
  • Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
    Melbourne • 27 Nov - 07 Dec
    2019 SEASON
    Pensioner, Student & Child tickets also available
    $287.00*
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    via Opera Australia
  • Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
    Melbourne • 27 Nov - 07 Dec
    2019 SEASON
    Pensioner, Student & Child tickets also available
    $287.00*
    Premium
    Buy Now
    via Opera Australia

*Additional fees including Booking, Credit Card & Handling charges may be levied at purchase. Tickets are subject to availability which must be confirmed with the ticket retailer.

About the event

Faust intends to win his heart’s desires, even if it costs him his soul. Led into temptation by the charming Méphistophélès, the ageing academic swaps moral restraint for a salacious journey through life’s earthly pleasures. But as the lives around him start to unravel, the devil, it seems, is in the detail.

Sir David McVicar’s grand production sets the opera in the composer’s own time: the decadence and debauchery of 1870s Paris. Between towering cathedral columns and the crumbling proscenium arch of the theatre, Faust’s terrible pact plays out in all of 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 truly 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 ‘Soldier’s 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 and wit from a director renowned for his nuanced productions.