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Faust with Washington National Opera

  • The John F. Kennedy Center 2700 F St NW Washington, DC 20566 United States (map)

To gain the world, would you sell your soul?


Music by Charles Gounod / Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michael Carré, based on Goethe’s Faust: Part One, An Opera in Three Acts

Mar. 16e, 18e, 22e, 24m, 27e & 30e (2019) in the Opera House
In French with Projected English Titles
Production by Francesca Zambello
Production originated at Houston Grand Opera

Is the freedom of youth worth an eternity in hell? It is to the aging Faust, who makes a pact with Méphistophélès to exchange his soul for Earth’s mortal pleasures. With his youth restored, Faust woos the lovely Marguerite, but his troubles are far from over. Along the seductive path to riches and power, Faust realizes his salvation is tragically bound to others, including those he loves most.

WNO takes a look at this French classic with a riveting production featuring a storybook aesthetic and phenomenal cast. From Marguerite's celebrated “Jewel Song” to the beloved soldiers’ chorus, Gounod’s score propels Goethe’s tale of redemption and damnation into a dizzying dance with the devil that will be impossible to forget.

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