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OpernhausFalkenstrasse 1, Zürich, 8008, Schweiz
2020 Mai 09 19:00, Mai 14 19:00, Mai 17 14:00, Mai 20 19:30, Mai 23 19:00
Oper Zürich
Ryan McAdamsDirigent
Jan Philipp GlogerRegisseur
Ben BaurBühnenbild
Karin JudKostüme
Anita HartigSopranMarguerite
Saimir PirguTenorFaust
Ildebrando D'ArcangeloBaritonMéphistophélès
Liliana NikiteanuMezzosopranMarthe
Alexandra KadurinaSopranSiébel
Konstantin ShushakovBaritonValentin
Wojciech RasiakBassWagner
Franck EvinLicht
Ramses SiglChoreographie
Werner HintzeDramaturgie
Ernst RaffelsbergerChorleitung
Chor der Oper Zürich
Philharmonia Zürich

In the drama of Faust, the most fascinating, popular role with performers and audiences alike – contrary to expectations – is not the principal role, but the cunning, intelligent and vicious devil, Mephisto: Ildebrando d’Arcangelo, one of the most sought-after bass-baritones of our time and an extremely enthusiastic and diabolically seductive performer, is to return to Zurich Opera House for our revival production. The tenor Saimir Pirgu, most recently celebrated as Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, will be heard in the title role. Soprano Anita Hartig, member of the ensemble at the Vienna State Opera, will play Marguerite, singing the waltz-like jewel aria, for example, as in our last Faust revival. The American conductor Ryan McAdams will give his début at the rostrum of the Philharmonia Zurich. «Nothing» is the first word of Gounod’s opera. This is the conclusion that Faust draws about his life thus far: it has been uneventful and uninteresting, futile and wasted. To be young again, to indulge in pleasures once more! This is his greatest wish. At that moment, the Devil appears and promises to provide him with all this if Faust gives him his soul in exchange. The pact is signed, and Faust hurls himself into a passionate affair with Marguerite. However, when she becomes pregnant, he prefers to leave her alone. The abandoned girl kills her child and is executed. Goethe’s Gretchen tragedy served Charles Gounod as the material for a precise portrait of the society of his time – the Second Empire, with its unscrupulous hedonism – a portrait that in many aspects is astonishingly similar to our own time.

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