The Damnation of Faust

Berlioz

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Concert Opera.

23 Aug - 27 Aug 2017

A magical world of dancing sylphs and demonic devils in technicolour musical detail.

Hector Berlioz’s fantastical metaphysical drama La Damnation de Faust is neither opera, nor oratorio, nor song cycle nor symphony. Instead it thrives in the theatre of the imagination, creating a magical world of dancing sylphs and demonic devils in technicolour musical detail.

British tenor Andrew Staples’ recent performance in the title role was described as ‘an absolute revelation’. Undoubtedly one of the greatest bass-baritones in the world, the award winning Eric Owens will perform the intoxicatingly demonic role of Méphistophélès. They will be joined by a mezzo-soprano of international renown to portray the tragic Marguerite.

With the beautifully resonant bass of James Clayton as Brander and the acclaimed Freemasons New Zealand Opera Chorus, this extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime event must not be missed.

 

CONDUCTOR Edo de Waart

FAUST Andrew Staples

MEPHISTOPHELES Eric Owens

BRANDER James Clayton

MARGUERITE to be announced

WITH THE FREEMASONS NEW ZEALAND OPERA CHORUS

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