Cinema Faust: Opera de Paris (15) 325 minutes

I want a treasure, which contains them all! I want youth!

Frustrated by the futile quest for knowledge, the erudite old Faust sells his soul to the devil in exchange for eternal youth and the beautiful Marguerite…

Reworking the legend which Goethe popularised, Gounod focuses on the love story and elevates the significance of Marguerite’s fall and ultimate salvation. His decision to lighten the philosophical scope of the narrative allowed him to balance scenes where the supernatural called for something visually spectacular with a parallel microcosm governed by inner actions and feelings. Gounod’s score is a tour de force of melodic invention whose vocal composition reveals the composer’s skill at conveying sincere and immediate emotion.

For his Paris Opera debut, German director Tobias Kratzer reflects on contemporary society’s obsession for eternal youth. With its sophisticated scenography, his production oscillates between hyperrealism and magic, the world of today and the eerie atmosphere of German romanticism.

Join us for this exciting screening of world-class opera, including fascinating interviews with members of the cast and crew with editor of Opera online Alain Duault. More information listed below the trailer.

Running Order

13:00 – 14:00 Part One
Includes Acts 1 & 2 with Introduction by Alain Duault plus an Interview with Tobias Kratzer by Alain Duault

14:00 – 14:10 Interval

14:10 – 15:10 Part Two
Includes Act 3 with Introduction by Alain Duault plus Interviews with Benjamin Bernheim and Ermonela Jaho by Alain Duault

15:10 – 15:20 Interval

15:20 – 17:00 Part Three
Includes Acts 4 & 5 with Introduction by Alain Duault plus Interviews with Florian Sempey and José Luis Basso by Alain Duault

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