Faust (1996)

Gounod's 1859 opera, staged here to commemorate Welsh National Opera's 50th anniversary, is only nominally about its anti-hero, who sells his soul to the devil, Mephistopheles. Its real ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Derek Bailey Derek Bailey
Katrin Cartlidge ... The Woman
William Chubb William Chubb
Paul Charles Clarke Paul Charles Clarke ... Faustus
Joanne Edworthy Joanne Edworthy ... Siebel
Philip Lloyd Evans Philip Lloyd Evans ... Wagner
Susan Gorton Susan Gorton ... Martha Schwertlein
Jason Howard Jason Howard ... Valentin
Charles Mackerras Charles Mackerras ... Conductor
Alastair Miles Alastair Miles ... Mephistopheles
Bob Peck ... Narrator
Janice Watson Janice Watson ... Margarita
Welsh National Opera Welsh National Opera ... Opera Company
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Gounod's 1859 opera, staged here to commemorate Welsh National Opera's 50th anniversary, is only nominally about its anti-hero, who sells his soul to the devil, Mephistopheles. Its real subject obsessed well-to-do Parisians of its day: that of the 'Fallen Woman'. It was a prurient society, fixated with sex; convinced that every woman had her price; awash with prostitution and disease; suffused in male sexual hypocrisy. This was the time of Baudelaire's Fleurs du Mal, Flaubert's Madame Bovary and Zola's Nana; and of the paintings of prostitution by artists like Manet and Degas. These Traviata-like themes, that permeate the opera, are picked up in its interval entertainment, "Fallen Angels."

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English

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25 December 1996 (UK) See more »

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