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The Teatro Real opens its 2018/19 season with a new production of Faust by Charles Gounod, the version of the German legend in a grand opera format, conducted by Dan EttingerPiotr Beczala and Ismael Jordi share the part of the protagonist - the figure of relentless ambition par excellence -, while Marina Rebeka and Irina Lungu sing the role of Marguerite. Àlex Ollé directs this captivating opera after his recent success of The Flying Dutchman in this theatre It will be the fourth time that La Fura dels Baus stages the Faustian legend.


Opera in five acts

Music by Charles Gounod (1818-1893)

Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, based upon the play Faust et Marguerite (1850) by  Michel Carré and the play of the same name (1808) by Johann Wolfgang Goethe

Premiered at the Théâtre Lyrique de Paris on 19 March 1859
Premiered at the Teatro Real on 18 January 1865
New production by the Teatro Real, in co-production with De Nationale Opera & Ballet of Amsterdam

Principal Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real

(Coro Intermezzo / Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid)

Approximate running time

3 hours and 20 minutes
Acts I, II and III: 1 hour and 40 minutes
25 minute intermission
Acts IV and V: 1 hour and 10 minutes

Starting Point

The legend of Faust, the man who sold his soul to the devil in exchange for power and knowledge, is taken from different popular sources. In the same manner as the legend of Orfeo or Don Juan, this too has survived throughout the years, and has been presented in endless artistic representations. In the field of music alone, it has served as inspiration for such varied composers as Richard Wagner, Franz Schubert, Gustav Mahler or Hector Berlioz. Charles François Gounod was also unable to escape this hypnotic story, which served as the basis of the composition for what would eventually become his most popular opera.

Of the entire opera, his attention was centered on the fragment of the plot which relates the accursed love between Faust and Marguerite. This choice would cause a certain discomfort in the German milieu, as it was not easily forgiven that he should manipulate what was considered to be one of the most undeniable masterworks of national art–– but it would prove to be an indisputable evolution in the universe of French opera: Faust relinquished unnecessary musical virtuosity in favor of  simple melodies, employing great freshness, cleverly adapted to the rhythm of the text and wrapped in an expressive and often surprising orchestral accompaniment.  The drama improves with the intimacy, thus creating the perfect atmosphere in which to place a story which even today continues to captivate us.

Production Team & Cast

  • Musical director: Dan Ettinger
  • Stage director: Àlex Ollé (La fura dels Baus)
  • Set designer: Alfons Flores
  • Costume designer: Lluc Castells
  • Lighting designer: Urs Schönebaum
  • Chorus Master: Andrés Máspero
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  • Dr. Faust: Piotr Beczala (Sep. 19, 22, 24, 28 · Oct. 1, 4, 7)
    Ismael Jordi (Sep. 20, 23, 27, 30 · Oct. 3, 6)
  • Méphistophélès: Luca Pisaroni (Sep. 19, 22, 24, 28 · Oct. 1, 4, 7)
    Erwin Schrott (Sep. 20, 23, 27 · Oct. 6)
    Adam Palka (Sep. 30 · Oct. 3)
  • Marguerite: Marina Rebeka (Sep. 19, 22, 24, 28 · Oct. 1, 4, 7)
    Irina Lungu (Sep. 20, 23, 27, 30 · Oct. 3, 6)
  • Valentin: Stéphane Degout (Sep. 19, 22, 24, 28 · Oct. 1, 4, 7)
    John Chest (Sep. 20, 23, 27, 30 · Oct. 3, 6)
  • Wagner: Isaac Galán
  • Siébel: Serena Malfi (Sep. 19, 22, 24, 28 · Oct. 1, 4, 7)
    Annalisa Stroppa (Sep. 20, 23, 27, 30 · Oct. 3, 6)
  • Marthe: Sylvie Brunet-Grupposo (Sep. 19, 22, 24, 28 · Oct. 1, 4, 7)
    Diana Montague (Sep. 20, 23, 27, 30 · Oct. 3, 6)

Performance Dates

  • 19 SEP (W) 20:00h
  • 20 SEP (T) 20:00h
  • 22 SEP (S) 20:00h
  • 23 SEP (S) 20:00h
  • 24 SEP (M) 20:00h
  • 27 SEP (T) 20:00h
    Turn Y
  • 28 SEP (F) 20:00h
    Turn A
  • 30 SEP (S) 20:00h
    Turn B
  • 1 OCT (M) 20:00h
    Turn V
  • 3 OCT (W) 20:00h
    Turn C
  • 4 OCT (T) 20:00h
    Turn D
  • 6 OCT (S) 20:00h
    Turn F
  • 7 OCT (S) 18:00h
    Turn H
  • Place: Main Auditorium

Programme of show

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  • Enfoques. Encuentro con los artistas de la producción. 13 de septiembre, 20.15 h. Sala Gayarre. Acceso libre. Aforo limitado.
  • En torno a Faust. José Luis Téllez desgrana al público interesado las claves de la ópera todos los días de función, 45 minutos antes de la misma. Sala Gayarre. Aforo limitado.
  • Los domingos de Cámara. Concierto a cargo de los solistas de la Orquesta Titular del Teatro Real. 7 de octubre, 12.00 h. Sala principal.
  • Ópera en cine. Proyección de Los cuentos de Hoffmann30 de septiembre, 11.00 h. Sala principal.
  • ¡Todos a la Gayarre!. El diablo acecha. Talleres musicales para toda la familia. 7 de octubre, 12.00 y 17.00 h. Sala Gayarre.
  • Proyección en torno a la producción del Teatro Real. Septiembre de 2018. Fecha por determinar.
  • Una obra, una óperaMefistófeles, de Joaquín Espalter (1872). Cuadro que representa al Fausto de Goethe en el momento de raptar a Marguerite. Septiembre de 2018
  • ExposiciónLa emoción de la ópera: escenarios y protagonistas de Europa a Madrid. Un recorrido por la ópera del siglo XIX a através de partirturas, imágenes y documentos inéditos. 2 de octubre a 22 de febrero. Biblioteca histórica Marqués de Valdecilla