Disillusioned with life, the ageing Faust trades his soul to the devil Méphistophélès in exchange for youth and the love of the beautiful Marguerite. She falls for the younger dashing man, but Faust soon loses interest and abandons her to pursue a life of lust. On returning from war her brother Valentin is furious to find Marguerite seduced and pregnant, and seeks revenge. Will a woman’s love be enough to make Faust repent or will the pact he made with the devil wreak havoc?
Welsh National Opera performed the title as part of our first ever opera season back in 1946, so there is no better way to mark our 75th birthday celebrations than with a devilish new production. The story of Faust is one of the most popular subjects in opera, and Gounod’s intimate score sets the mood through both gently lyrical and playfully menacing arias, and is completed with vibrant costumes and staging.
Jung Soo Yun, Faust
Wojtek Gierlach, Méphistophélès
Natalya Pavlova, Marguérite
Gareth Brynmor John, Valentin
Katie Bray, Siébel
Madeleine Shaw, Martha