Author: Charles Gounod
Musical Preparation: Marko Ivanović
Conductor: Marko Ivanović, Pavel Šnajdr
Director: Jiří Heřman
Set Design: Pavel Svoboda
Costume Design: Lenka Polášková
Lighting Design: Daniel Tesař
Choreography: Jan Kodet
Chorus Master: Josef Pančík
Dramaturgy: Patricie Částková
Assistant Stage Director: Otakar Blaha
Libretto: Jules Barbier, Michel Carré
Sung in French with Czech and English subtitles.
Relationships and God exist for those who believe!
Faust's life is near its end and the scientist is pursued by a feeling that he wasted his life. The mysterious Méphistophélès promises to return his youth to him and fulfil every wish for a "small" price - Faust's soul...
The most famous opera of the French composer Charles Gounod took the subject matter from the no less famous two-part play by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, based on a German legend about a man who exchanged his soul with the devil for knowledge and power. The librettists, Barbier and Carré, did not use Goethe’s entire piece but chose the part about Faust's encounter with the innocent girl Marguerite and the tragic consequences of their romantic outburst. Marguerite becomes the main hero who, contrary to Faust, finds salvation and escapes the devil's power. Faust was Gounod's first big success and it won him international acclaim. It is no wonder, as the composer knew well how to create an impressive theatre on stage, and every aria was a 19th century opera hit - Marguerite's song about the King of Thule, the Jewel aria, Mephistopheles' aria "The calf of gold", Valentin's farewell to Marguerite, as well as big choruses.
Faust: Luciano Mastro j. h., Magnus Vigilius j. h.
Mefistofeles: David Nykl, Jan Šťáva
Markéta: Jana Šrejma Kačírková, Kateřina Kněžíková j. h.
Valentin: Jiří Brückler j. h.
Siebel: Václava Krejčí Housková, Jana Hrochová
Wagner: Igor Loškár, Jiří Miroslav Procházka j. h.
Marta: Veronika Hajnová Fialová, Jitka Zerhauová