Faust: Salzburg Festival Wiener Philharmoniker Vienna Choir 2016 Charles Gounod (Blu-ray) 2017 Release Date 7/14/17
•Salzburg Festival’s first-ever performance of Charles Gounod´s most famous and most performed opera! •Internationally-acclaimed tenor Piotr Beczala triumphs in the title role as soul-selling philosopher Faust: “Piotr Beczala is a world-Faust” (Kurier) and “The well-deserved crown goes to a perfectly-cast Piotr Beczala” (Abendzeitung). •Ildar Abdrazakov was “celebrated” (Broadway World) for his signature role as seductive and demonic Méphistophélès.
•Maria Agresta as convincingly innocent Marguerite struggling to resist temptation and to gain salvation: “She is fabulous!” (Süddeutsche Zeitung). •“Spectacular and photogenic” staging (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) by award winning stage director and designer Reinhard von der Thannen. Gounod’s masterpiece is based on Carré’s play Faust et Marguerite, which in turn is based on Part I of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s dramatic poem Faust, one of the great works of European literature. The opera contains much-loved musical highlights including the memorable “Soldiers’ Chorus”, Méphistophélès’ rowdy “Song of the Golden Calf”, and Marguerite’s “Jewel Song” with its dazzling coloratura. The Philharmonia Chor Wien and the Wiener Philharmoniker are performing under the baton of young Argentinian conductor Alejo Pérez. Orchestra Wiener Philharmoniker Philharmonia Chor Vienna Chorus Master: Walter Zeh Conductor: Alejo Pérez Stage Director: Reinhard von der Thannen Faust: Piotr Beczała Méphistophélès: Ildar Abdrazakov Marguerite: Maria Agresta Valentin: Alexey Markov Siébel: Tara Erraught Wagner: Paolo Rumetz Marthe: Marie-Ange Todorovitch