Charles Gounod, Faust


Venice, Teatro La Fenice, 3 July 2021

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La Fenice transformed into a cathedral for Joan Antón Rechi’s vision of Gounod’s Faust

Take the greatest masterpiece of German literature, translate it and betray it by transforming its philosophical message into a sequence of beguiling arias and – voilà! – you have Gounod’s Faust, one of the world’s most popular operas. But it was not always so.Faust was created at the Théâtre Lyrique in Paris in 1859 with spoken dialogue. It met with critical interest, but not with public fervour. It would take several years to reach its “definitive” version at the Opéra, ten years later, with sung recitatives and a ballet. Born as opéra-comique, Faust became grand opéra. Audiences were ecstatic, but the critics were lukewarm…

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