Faust

“A collision of old and new, high-tech and low-tech, fantastic and real, that is extremely inventive and highly relevant.”  –Chicago Sun-Times

 

Lyricism and legend converge in Gounod’s unforgettable masterpiece. When the devil appears and offers Faust a second chance at youth in exchange for his soul, he makes the pact, and then uses his newfound powers to seduce the youthful and innocent Marguerite—with tragic consequences.

This groundbreaking production debuted in Chicago earlier this year, and comes to Portland with a difference cast of principal artists, including Jonathan Boyd as Faust and Angel Blue as Marguerite. At once new and timeless, Faust is infused with the vision of sculptor and visual artist John Frame—who exhibited at the Portland Art Museum in 2012. After years in the making, Frame’s remarkable creative vision translates to the stage with powerful and deeply evocative sets and costumes, sculpture 3D projections, and more.

Faust is a co-production of Lyric Opera of Chicago and Portland Opera.

This production is sponsored by:
Dorothy Piacentini
The Carol Franc Buck Foundation
Gregory K. & Mary Chomenko Hinckley
Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation
The McGeady Family Foundation
Pat & Trudy Ritz and The Ritz Family Foundation
The Boeing Company
Oregonian/Oregon Live
Utopia Vineyard

Sung in French with English text projected above the stage.

This performance has two intermissions and the running time is approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes.


Tickets start at $35. View seating map for Keller Auditorium.

If you’d like assistance planning your trip to the opera please contact our Opera Concierge: 503.241.1802 | concierge@portlandopera.org


Accessibility
The performance of Faust on June 10 at 2pm will include an audio description of the visual and physical events on stage for patrons who are blind or have low vision. For patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing, each performance is visually translated with English text projected above the stage. If you require wheelchair, ADA, or companion seating, please let our patron services team know when you purchase tickets, so that we can ensure your visit to the opera is an excellent one.

Cast

Faust
Jonathan Boyd

Mephistopheles
Alfred Walker

Marguerite
Angel Blue

Valentin
Edward Parks

Siebel
Kate Farrar

Wagner
Shi Li

Marthe
Angela Niederloh

Conductor
George Manahan

Director
Kevin Newbury

Production Designer
John Frame

Projection Designer
David Adam Moore

Set and Costume Designer
Vita Tzykun

Lighting Designer
Duane Schuler

Plot & Program Notes

Jonathan Boyd returns to Portland in the title role. Jonathan was most recently at Portland Opera for The Rake’s Progress in 2015. Rising international opera star Angel Blue makes her Portland debut in the role of Marguerite. Metropolitan Opera bass Alfred Walker will bring his interpretation of Mephistopheles to Portland.