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FAUST (Gounod)

North American Premiere

FAUST (Gounod)

Julien Condemine

France | 2021 | 2 h 54 min
French |
Subtitles: French
This film is presented as part of the carte blanche offered to Laurent Métivier, Head of Audiovisual at the Opéra national de Paris.

I want a treasure, which contains them all! I want youth!” Frustrated by the futile quest for knowledge, the erudite old Faust sells his soul to the devil in exchange for eternal youth and the beautiful Marguerite… Reworking the legend which Goethe popularised, Gounod focuses on the love story and elevates the significance of Marguerite’s fall and ultimate salvation. His decision to lighten the philosophical scope of the narrative allowed him to balance scenes where the supernatural called for something visually spectacular with a parallel microcosm governed by inner actions and feelings. Gounod’s score is a tour de force of melodic invention whose vocal composition reveals the composer’s skill at conveying sincere and immediate emotion. For his Paris Opera debut, German director Tobias Kratzer reflects on contemporary society’s obsession for eternal youth. With its sophisticated scenography, his production oscillates between hyperrealism and magic, the world of today and the eerie atmosphere of German romanticism.
Director Julien Condemine, Tobias Kratzer
Author Michel Carré, Jules Barbier
Production Fabienne Servan Shreiber, Laurence Miller, Laurent Metivier
Artists Ermonela Jaho, Lorenzo Viotti, Christian Van Horn, Florian Sempey, Michèle Losier, Christian Helmer, Jean-Yves Chilot, Sylvie Brunet-Grupposo, Benjamin Bernheim
Voice Choeurs Opéra national de Paris
Costumes Tobias Sellmaier
Decoration Rainer Sellmaier
Video Manuel Braun
Lighting Michael Bauer
Music Orchestre Opéra national de Paris, Charles Gounod

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Julien Condemine

Julien Condemine

Available in French only

Julien Condemine est un réalisateur passionné de spectacle vivant. Depuis plus de 10 ans, il filme sur les plus grandes scènes en France et à l’étranger des spectacles de danse, des concerts, des pièces de théâtre et des opéras, en direct ou en recréation.

Biographical notes provided by the film production team

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