Program


Faust

Faust

Charles Gounod
Faust

Performance by The St. Petersburg Chamber Opera

In its 30th, jubilee, season, the St. Petersburg Chamber Opera turned its attention to the works of Charles Gounod for the first time. In his modern and expressive version of the classic opera Faust, director Yuri Alexandrov deals with the philosophical issues of being, man’s vocation, and the confrontation between heaven and hell, responding vividly and passionately to today's world events.

As Alexandrov said about his production, "Over the past decades we have witnessed a lot of attempts to zombify people. Many world regimes have tried to subdue the human mind and soul. This happened during the period of Communism, and, to some extent, it is also happening now. Just look at today’s information wars. People around the world are brainwashed in various ways. The invasion into human consciousness, the attempt to create a new Frankenstein -- that's what I see in the story of Faust. Obviously, this topic is very urgent and very important for me, so we will analyse it scrupulously. Gounod composed great music, and we took care of it. Although we did change the sequence of scenes in our production, this does not mean that we have cut anything from it. In my version, we emphasize all of the characters’ personal experiences. However, we are not trying to impose new personal qualities on the characters; we stick to the original ones."

General cast

Conductor
 
Maxim Valkov
 
Faust
 
Sergey Aleschenko / Vsevolod Kalmykov
 
Méphistophélès
 
Yuri Borschev
 
Marguerite
 
Tatiana Kalchenko
 
Wagner
 
Anton Morozov
 
Valentin
 
Egor Chubakov
 
Siébel / Cleopatra
 
Larisa Pominova
 
Marthe / Lais
 
 Natalia Vorobyeva
 
Featuring
 
St. Petersburg Chamber Opera's Orchestra and Chorus

 

Credits

Libretto after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust, Part I
 
Michel Carré / Jules Barbier
 
Director
 
Yuri Alexandrov
 
Set and costume designer
 
Vyacheslav Okunev
 
Lighting designer
 
Irina Vtornikova
 
Voice coach
 
Yana Zubova
 
Chorus director
 
Igor Pototskiy
 
Choreographer
 
Nadezhda Kalinina
 
Video designer
 
Daniil Bakalin

 

Premiere
 
May 27, 2017

 

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