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Charles Gounod’s Faust in the Dialogue Version of 1859 is Performed at Oper Köln

Jun. 01, 2021

Charles Gounod’s <em>Faust</em> in the Dialogue Version of 1859 is Performed at Oper Köln

Following the multi prize-winning first CD recording of the dialogue version of Charles Gounod’s Faust, edited and reconstructed by Paul Prévost, the work can be seen on the stage. With set designs by Herbert Murauer, renowned director Johannes Erath has conceived his production specially for Oper Köln’s venue in the Staatenhaus, creatively approaching this with current distancing rules in mind.

The production embodies both the spirit of the Opéra Comique and the musical interpretation by Music Director François-Xavier Roth, the Gürzenich Orchester and the vocal soloists. The soloists are largely drawn from the ensemble of Oper Köln, with Anne-Catherine Gillet (Marguerite) as the sole guest artist. Audiences will be particularly excited to hear the second part of Faust’s famous aria “Salut! demeure chaste et pure”, only recently rediscovered. This was cut from the Paris premiere on March 19, 1859 at the Théâtre Lyrique because of a change of singer at short notice, and has now been published exclusively in a Bärenreiter edition. Young Woo Kim gave the belated premiere of the young Faust’s Cavatina in the original two-part version on June 5.

This first performance and all subsequent performances are given by Oper Köln both with a live audience and streamed, on a pay-as-you-wish basis. The performances are directed by Johannes Erath and conducted by François-Xavier Roth. Further information can be found the Oper Köln's website here.

(Photo: Bernd Uhlig)

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Charles Gounod 
opera in five acts
libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré
versions with dialogues, edited by Paul Prévost (2018). L’Opéra français. Bärenreiter-Verlag. 
BA 8714 (available on hire)
2S, Mz, T, 2Bar, B
2 (1.pic).2 ( -4.2 Cornets à pistons (or 2 tpt)
Stage music: ssax.2 cornets à pistons.2 tpt.2 atbn.ttbn.bsax.csax
full evening