Rafael Fingerlos Faust
Eleanor Lyons Gretchen
Tareq Nazmi Mephistopheles
Ilker Arcayürek Ariel
Lore Binon Sorge
Koor Opera Ballet Vlaanderen
Collegium Vocale Gent
Kinderkoor Opera Ballet Vlaanderen
Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
Philippe Herreweghe conductor
Julian Rosenfeld production & video design
Full Team & cast
Szenen aus Goethes Faust is one of the best kept secrets of romantic music theatre. With his magnum opus, Robert Schumann pays tribute to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Both artists turned Faust and his pact of the devil into a life’s work that is both utterly unique and timelessly universal.
Faust is a disenchanted scholar, fruitlessly seeking the deepest truth. In exchange for his soul, Mephistopheles takes him in hand. Redemption awaits in the end, but the route there is an existential rollercoaster of striving, falling and getting back up again and again. Faust, that’s us.
Schumann captures the essence of the drama in seven iconic scenes that mercilessly get under the skin. If you want to label this score, you’re in for a challenge: like Faust, a roller coaster ride through an unprecedented multi-coloured landscape awaits the listener.
Coproduction with Opéra National de Montpellier