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Olavinlinna CastleSavonlinna, Kymenlaakso, 57150, Finland
2018 July 07, 11, 16, 20, 25 at 19:00
Festival: Savonlinna Opera Festival
Philippe AuguinConductor
Vilppu KiljunenDirector
Kimmo ViskariSet Designer
Marjukka TepponenSopranoMarguerite2018 Jul 07, 16, 25
Tuuli TakalaSopranoMarguerite2018 Jul 11, 20
Jesus GarciaTenorFaust2018 Jul 07, 16, 25
Diego SilvaTenorFaust2018 Jul 11, 20
Petri LindroosBaritoneMéphistophélès2018 Jul 07, 16, 25
Tuomas PursioBaritoneMéphistophélès2018 Jul 11, 20
Tiina PenttinenMezzo-sopranoMarthe
Erica BackMezzo-sopranoSiébel
Clemens UnterreinerBaritoneValentin2018 Jul 07, 11
Tommi HakalaBaritoneValentin2018 Jul 16, 20, 25
Jussi MerikantoBaritoneWagner
Savonlinna Opera Festival Choir
Savonlinna Opera Festival Orchestra

What would you sacrifice in return for eternal youth?

Dr Faust is tired of life when the devil, Méphistophélès, offers him eternal youth and pleasures of the flesh in return for selling his soul. Faust is enchanted by a vision of Marguerite and the agreement is soon sealed.

The libretto, based on Goethe’s classic story, provides brilliant scope for the soloists. A true ‘grand opéra’, Faust is a work of flowing melody and powerful sentiment yet also refinement. Its best-known arias include Marguerite’s Jewel Song, and Méphistophélès’ Golden Calf and Satanic Serenade. The finale, about damnation and redemption, is one of the most impressive in operatic literature.

Faust returns to the Savonlinna repertoire after a long interval, in a revised version. A psychologically astute reading can be expected from Stage Director Vilppu Kiljunen, backed by a cast of top Finnish and internationally-established soloists.

Sung in French with Finnish and English surtitles.

Duration about 3 hours and 30 minutes. One interval

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