Faust

FAUST COMES TO A CROSSROADS AND HEADS IN THE WRONG DIRECTION.

Dr. Faust has spent too much of his life studying and not enough living.

When the devil appears and offers Faust a second chance at youth in exchange for his soul, he signs the deed. The devil helps him seduce Marguerite, a young beauty, but when Marguerite becomes pregnant, Faust abandons her. Outcast by the townspeople and cursed by her family, Marguerite goes insane. At some point the heavens and hell both open up. Eventually, justice is served.

A co-production of Lyric Opera of Chicago and Portland Opera. Sponsored by The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation.

Sung in French with projected English translations. 

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

Lighting Designer
Duane Schuler

Plot & Program Notes

This groundbreaking production is designed by visual artist John Frame, who exhibited at the Portland Art Museum in 2012. After years in the making, Frame’s remarkable creative vision comes to the stage with his powerful and deeply evocative sets and costumes.

Jonathan Boyd returns to Portland in the title role. Jonathan was most recently here for The Rake’s Progress in 2015. Angel Blue makes her Portland debut in the role of Marguerite. Angel was discovered by Placido Domingo in his Operalia competition in 2009, and has gone on to a major international career, performing in over 35 countries in the last six years. Metropolitan Opera bass Alfred Walker will bring his interpretation of Mephistopheles to Portland.