Is the freedom of youth worth an eternity in hell? It is to the aging Faust, who makes a pact with Méphistophélès to exchange his soul for Earth’s mortal pleasures. With his youth restored, Faust woos the lovely Marguerite, but his troubles are far from over. Along the seductive path to riches and power, Faust realizes his salvation is tragically bound to others, including those he loves most.
WNO takes a look at this French classic with a riveting production featuring a storybook aesthetic and phenomenal cast. From Marguerite's celebrated “Jewel Song” to the beloved soldiers’ chorus, Gounod’s score propels Goethe’s tale of redemption and damnation into a dizzying dance with the devil that will be impossible to forget.
Marguerite: Erin Wall
Faust: Marcelo Puente
Valentin: Joshua Hopkins
Méphistophélès: Raymond Aceto
Dame Marthe: Deborah Nansteel
Siébel: Allegra De Vita
Conductor: Keri-Lynn Wilson
Director: Garnett Bruce
Mar. 16, 18, 22, 24, 27 & 30, 2019
Opera House, Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, USA