Music by

Charles Gounod


Faust  Stefan Pop
Méphistophélès  Erwin Schrott
Marguerite  Lisette Oropesa
Valentin  Boris Pinkhasovich
Wagner  Ossian Huskinson
Siebel  Hongni Wu
Marthe Schwertlein  Rosie Aldridge


Maurizio Benini


David McVicar


Seductive as it is damning, Faust comes alive in David McVicar’s spectacular production. Stefan Pop sings the title role, alongside Erwin Schrott’s Méphistophélès and Lisette Oropesa’s Marguerite. Maurizio Benini conducts.

Gounod's Faust (1859) was one of the world's most popular operas from the 1860s to World War II, and remains an important work in the repertory of The Royal Opera. The story, adapted by Gounod's librettists Jules Barbier and Michel Carré from Carré's play Faust et Marguerite, is based on Part I of Goethe's epic poem Faust, which was a major inspiration for many composers during the 19th century and beyond. Gounod added a ballet to Act V when Faust received its first Paris Opera staging in 1869.

David McVicar's wonderfully theatrical production draws insightful parallels between Faust and Gounod, a composer torn between piety and worldly and romantic success. Sets and costumes by Charles Edwards and Brigitte Reiffenstuel pay tribute to the art and architecture of 1870s Paris, and include a colourful Cabaret d'Enfer, a run-down tenement block and re-creations of a box at the Paris Opera and the organ loft of the cathedral of Notre-Dame. The variety of settings mirrors the variety in Gounod's score, highlights of which include Méphistophélès' demonic aria 'Le veau d'or (The golden calf)', Marguerite's dazzling 'Jewel Song', the Act IV Soldiers' Chorus and Act V's impassioned trio as Marguerite struggles to achieve salvation.

Performance History

Lisette will be debuting this role