Premiere of Charles Gounode’s grand opera “Faust” in Latvian National Opera

On September 30th Latvian National Opera invites to the premiere of Charles Gounode’s grand opera “Faust”. Musical director of the new production is Tadeusz Wojciechowski, conductor – Mārtinš Ozoliņš, stage director Aik Karapetian, set designer Kristaps Skulte, costume designer Kristīne Pasternaka, video artist Artis Dzērve, light designer A.J. Weissbard, choreographer Linda Mīļā.

Cast of the new production includes Sonora Vaice or Margarita Vilsone as Marguerite, Faust is portrayed by Benjamin Bernheim, Valentyn Dytiuk or Raimonds Bramanis, in the role of Mephistopheles will perform Andreas Bauer or Krišjānis Norvelis. In the new production will also participate such artists as Valdis Jansons, Jānis Apeinis, Helēna Zukule, Laura Grecka, Ilona Bagele, Kristīne Zadovska and others.

Doctor Faust is tormented by the feeling he has wasted his life. The mysterious Mephistopheles promises to make all of the aging scientist’s wishes come true - in exchange for Faust’s soul…

Charles Gounod’s opera, which was inspired by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s famous tragedy, saw its world premiere in Paris in 1859. Today, director Aik Karapetian’s has put together a new production in the late-gothic aesthetic, also employing silent movie techniques in the style of German expressionism. “But that doesn’t mean that the production will be hopelessly grave”, Karapetian says of his vision.