Author: San Mari/30 August 2018/Categories: Opera

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Event date: 2018-09-28 08:00 PM - 2018-10-12 08:00 PM Export event


Date:  - 28 September - 12 October 2018
Time: Various
Venue: Opera Theatre

FAUST gives the State Theatre audiences a unique opportunity to experience the opulence, elegance and refinement of French Grand Opera. The story of the man who sells his soul for worldly gain has been a powerful influence on composers and writers for centuries. The opera, in five acts composed by Charles Gounod around 1856, features the aging and disillusioned scholar Faust, a tragic figure originally created by the famous German playwright Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The opera sees Faust calling upon evil and dark forces to assist him in regaining his youth and finding love.


Méphistophélès, an iniquitous villain dressed as a dashing nobleman, appears and presents Faust with a deal that he finds impossible to resist when Méphistophélès entices Faust with a vision of the beautiful Marguerite at her spinning wheel. Faust’s sinister pact with Méphistophélès sets a series of events in motion which sees good and evil manifesting in the dark desperation of Faust, the unblemished innocence of Marguerite, the youthful infatuation of Siebel and Valentin’s cruel condemnation of his sister, Marguerite. FAUST has all the elements which epitomises[JMM1]  opera as the finest art form through which real life drama in all its facets find universal expression. The exquisite and delightful vocal writing includes many well-known arias such as Marguerite’s jewel song and Valentin’s famous aria, “Avant de quitter ces lieux” which was immortalised by the legendary Russian baritone, Dmitri Hvorostovsky. FAUST offers the State Theatre audiences an audio-visual spectacle which includes a line-up of dazzling operatic soloists, rich symphonic orchestral accompaniment, sonorous opera chorus and show-stopping corps de ballet.


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