Faust

Charles Gounod - Faust

Melbourne Opera is delighted to present a new production of Gounod’s beloved "Faust", an audience favourite since its premiere in 1859.Packed with a string of the best loved arias and ensembles in French opera (Marguerite’s Jewel Song, Valentin’s "Even Bravest Hearts", Faust’s "Salut Demeure" and the rousing Soldier’s chorus, "Faust" is above all a great vocal showcase. Once again Melbourne Opera has assembled a superb cast: David Rogers-Smith as Faust, Steven Gallop as Mephistopheles (a role he has performed to great acclaim in Europe and the US), Danielle Calder as Marguerite and Phillip Calcagno as Valentin, all supported by the outstanding Melbourne Opera Chorus and Orchestra conducted by Greg Hocking.

The fascinating tale of Faust’s pact with the devil will be performed in English, and the new production is directed by Hugh Halliday, whose most recent production of "The Merry Widow" garnered rave reviews and packed houses.

Melbourne Opera presents this new production to commemorate the sesquicentenary of the birth of Dame Nellie Melba, one of the greatest Marguerites of all time.

Synopsis

Photos by Robin Halls

Cast

Faust - David Rogers-Smith, Michael Lapina
Marguerite - Danielle Calder, Lee Abrahmsen
Mephistopholes - Steven Gallop, Eddie Muliaumaseali’i
Valentin - Phillip Calcagno, Yang Liu
Siebel - Belinda Paterson, Casselle Bonollo
Marthe - Caroline Vercoe, Cecily Woodberry
Wagner - Stephen Brodie

 

Faust Chorus

Sopranos
Cheryl Darvidis
Debra O’Connor
Giuliana D’Áppio
Jodie De Bono
Kathy Hatton
Sue Halls
Sue Robertson

Mezzos
Cecily Woodberry
Kylie Payman
Louisa Billeter
Maree Macmillan
Wendy Trent

Tenors
Antonio Cirocco
Craig De Bono
David Woodberry
Paul Dernelley
Richard Wilson
Te Ua Houkamau
Timothy Jacques
Tony Rainer

Baritones
Michael Carr
Mark Henderson
Robert van Keulen

Basses
Bernie Nolan
Dick Dowling
John Davies
Roland Seidl

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