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Laeiszhalle Hamburg / Großer Saal
Sun, 15 Jun 2014   19:00

Gounod: »Faust«

Oper konzertant • 1. Internationales Musikfest Hamburg

To this day, Charles Gounod’s opera »Faust« is considered an absolute classic. By adapting Johann Wolfgang Goethe’s famous play, the French composer not only created a hugely popular work, but also a new genre of literary opera. »Faust’s« popularity is due not only to the highly dramatic plot but also to the sweeping melodic richness of the score.The grand moments of the show – Faust’s ecstatic Romanze, Marguerite’s dazzling Jewel Song, or Mephisto’s sinister Rondo – are the all-time hits of the French opera repertoire. Which is a further reason to look forward to this concert performance in the Laeiszhalle with such a stellar cast. Uruguayan bass-baritone Erwin Schrott is diabolical seducer Méphistophélès and the American tenor Charles Castronovo is Faust. They are accompanied by the NDR Symphony Orchestra and their congenial chief conductor, Thomas Hengelbrock.

Please note the following changes: Unfortunately Angela Gheorghiu withdrew from the production at short notice. The young Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva, who has already been acclaimed by many international opera houses from London to New York, will take her part as »Marguerite«.

Performers

NDR Sinfonieorchester

Philharmonia Chor Wien

Charles Castronovo Faust

Sonya Yoncheva Marguerite

Erwin Schrott Méphistophélès

Jacques Imbrailo Valentin

Angela Brower Siébel

Jane Henschel Marthe

Derek Welton bass baritone

conductor Thomas Hengelbrock

Programme

Charles Gounod
Faust / Oper in fünf Akten

Konzertante Aufführung in französischer Sprache

Estimated end time
23:00

Promoter: HamburgMusik gGmbH / NDR

In cooperation with Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.