La Damnation de FaustOpéra Bastille
December 8th, 2015 - #galaladamnationdefaust
Le Cercle Berlioz
The Cercle Berlioz and The Honorary Committee
Opera in four parties (1846)
Music by Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
Poem by Hector Berlioz, Almire Gandonnière from Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Faust
Translated by Gérard de Nerval
In French"This marvellous book fascinated me from the very beginning. I could not put it down. I read it incessantly, during meals, in the theatre, in the street, everywhere."
And so it was, following the composer’s discovery of Faust part one in 1828 that Goethe joined Virgil and Shakespeare to form Berlioz's trinity. Without taking the time to catch his breath, he set the verse passages of Gérard de Nerval’s prose translation to music and published them under the title huit scenes de Faust. Eighteen years later, during his travels "in Austria, Hungary, Bohemia and Silesia" he decided to revise and develop the material into La Damnation de Faust and the same feverish urge took hold of him. "Once underway, I wrote the missing verses as the musical ideas came to me. I composed the score when and where I could: in the carriage, on the train, on steam boats”.
As if swept away by "the longing of too vast a heart and a soul thirsting for elusive happiness", Berlioz became one with his creation. The voice that invokes "immense, impenetrable and proud nature" is entirely his own and its extraordinary breadth transcends traditional forms to become a symphonic and operatic dream.
Bringing out the dramatic force of this légende dramatique is a constant challenge that stage director Alvis Hermanis has willingly accepted. Philippe Jordan conducts the first installment of a Berlioz cycle which is continue over several seasons. It also marks the return of Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel to the Paris Opera.
Rolex, Partner of La Damnation de Faust
Groupe Groupama "Mécène" of La Damnation de Faust
With the support of Cercle Berlioz
- Philippe Jordan Conductor
- Alvis Hermanis Stage director and sets
- Christine Neumeister Costumes
- Gleb Filshtinsky Lighting design
- Katrina Neiburga Video
- Alla Sigalova Choreography
- Christian Longchamp, Simon Hatab Dramaturgy
- José Luis Basso Chorus Director
- Sophie Koch Marguerite
- Jonas Kaufmann Faust
- Bryn Terfel Méphistophélès
- Edwin Crossley-Mercer Brander
- Sophie Claisse Voix Céleste
Paris Orchestra and Chorus
Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine / Paris Children’s Choir
Cocktail during the intermission
First part of the performance
Second part of the performance
Gala supper on the stage of the Opera Bastille with the artists (to be reserved)
Schedules subject to change
The Gala evening is a fundraising event organized to support the lyrics productions of the Paris national Opera.
A small-scale chamber music concert-Concertino- will be performed by members of the Orchestra a few minutes before the performance in the public areas in order to enable you to appreciate some often-unexpected facets of the composer of the opera you are about to see.
Le Cercle BerliozFor the first time, the Paris Opera takes you into the world of its creations. The Cercle Berlioz invites you behind the scenes of the much awaited production of Hector Berlioz’s Damnation of Faust programmed for December 2015.You will discover a mock-up of the planned staging, workshops where costumes and scenery are crafted, rehearsals, a private recital, and conferences by the artists. A truly exceptional program to be revealed to the members of the Cercle Berlioz.
For the first time, the Paris National Opera offers its patrons the opportunity to dive into the heart of the creation of a new production.
The chosen work, Hector Berlioz’s Damnation of Faust marks the comeback of great voices on the stage of the Opéra Bastille, with Jonas Kaufmann playing the part of Faust, Sophie Koch playing that of Marguerite and Bryn Terfel that of Mephistopheles. Philippe Jordan will conduct this production which is endowed with an exceptional cast.
The stage director Alvis Hermanis and his team will let the circle’s members exclusively take a sneak peek at the artistic path and the creation process throughout the months of teamwork. The circle’s members will be invited to special events with the artists to learn about the composer’s dramaturgical approach, the evolution of the staging director’s inspiration, the outlook of the invited interprets and of the opera’s specific professions involved.
This discovery journey will undoubtedly arouse astonishment and wonder, and allow to go about the opera with a knowledgeable eye on the opening night.
No production can see the light of day without the support of generous patrons. We would like to express our sincere gratitude for the crucial role you will take on in this production.
Become a patron of The Damnation of Faust by joining the Cercle Berlioz!
The Cercle Berlioz and The Honorary Committee
The Cercle Berlioz members and The Honorary Committee
Bertrand et Elisabeth Meunier
William et Françoise Torchiana
Robert et Elizabeth Carroll
Anne et Laurent Diot
Romain et Catherine Durand-Milanolo
Frédéric Fontan de Gouvion St Cyr
Claude et Tuulikki Janssen
Christian et Béatrice Schlumberger
Jean et Sophie Solanet
Antoine et Sylvie Winckler
Jacques et Katharina Bouhet
Elisabeth A.R. Brown
Camille de Dampierre
Olivier et Maryse Gayno
Caroline et Fady Lahame
Yvette Le Coze
Clive et Danielle Llewellyn
Helman et Anne le Pas de Sécheval
Jean et Hélène Peters
Jean-Pierre et Gabrielle Raynal
Sophie et Daniel Thierry