April 12 & 14, 2019

Faust

OVERVIEW

A VISIONARY EPIC OPERA

Music by Charles Gounod
Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré from Carré’s play Faust et Marguerite, loosely based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust, Part One

PROGRAM BOOK

SUMMARY

In despair, the aging and regretful scholar Faust makes a deal with the devil for an ill-fated chance at youth, vitality and love. Exciting theatre director Lileana Blain-Cruz makes her company debut, crafting a fascinating new production of Faust that reimagines the classic, hedonistic tale. Conductor Steven White (Cosí fan tutte, 2017) returns to Opera Omaha to lead the Omaha Symphony in this world stage premiere of a new performance edition, featuring music from the opera that hasn’t been heard in over 150 years.

This performance contains adult content and scenes that depict infanticide and hedonistic activity. Parental guidance is advised.

PERFORMANCES

April 12, 2019 7:30 PM
April 14, 2019 2:00 PM

ORPHEUM THEATER

409 S 16th St.
Omaha, NE 68102

(402) 345-0606

www.omahaperformingarts.org

Synopsis

Act 1
Faust is an aging old scholar, who after spending decades of his life studying, has realized he has achieved nothing, all the while missing his youth and chances at love. After cursing science and faith, Faust attempts suicide, twice. Each time he's about to drink poison, he hears a choir outside his window and sets the poison back down on the table. Faust, desperate, seeks guidance from the devil, and moments later, the devil, Méphistophélès, appears. Faust tells him of his desires for youth and love. The devil tells Faust that he can have it, but only if he forfeits his soul. Faust struggles with the decision, but the devil tempts him further by showing him a vision of a beautiful young maiden, Marguerite. Faust makes a deal with the devil, and the devil turns the poison into a potion of youth. Faust drinks the potion and transforms into a lovely, young man. The two venture out in search of Marguerite.

Act 2
Faust and Méphistophélès arrive at a city fair, where townspeople, students, and soldiers celebrate in merriment. A young soldier, Valentin, about to leave for the war, asks his friend Siébel to protect and watch over his sister, Marguerite, in his absence. Siébel agrees and the crowd begins to sing another song, but is interrupted by Méphistophélès when he begins to sing a song about gold and greed. He causes wine to flow from an old barrel and provides everyone with alcohol. He says a malign toast towards Marguerite, and Valentin intervenes. Valentin draws his sword, but it shatters with Méphistophélès' slight touch. At that moment Valentin knows who he is dealing with and uses the hilt of his sword as a cross, hoping to get away from the devil. When Méphistophélès is joined by Faust once more, the two lead the villagers in a new round of song. Faust pulls Marguerite aside and tells her that he admires her, but she politely declines his advances.

Act 3
Siébel leaves a small bouquet of flowers outside of Marguerite's door, as she has taken a liking to her. Faust sees this and sends the devil out to search for a better gift. The devil returns with an ornate box filled with exquisite jewelry. Faust leaves the box outside of her door next to Siébel's flowers. A while later, Marguerite's neighbor arrives and spies the ornate box. She tells Marguerite that she must have an admirer. Marguerite tries on the magnificent jewels and falls in love with them. Faust and the devil make their way into the garden and visit with the two ladies. The devil flirts with Marguerite's neighbor so that Faust can speak to Marguerite alone. The two steal a quick kiss, but she sends him away. The two men leave, but stay close to her house. Inside, Marguerite sings a song, wishing Faust would return. Faust jumps at the chance and knocks on her door. She greets him, and the devil laughs manically - he knows his plan is working.

CREATIVE TEAM

STEVEN WHITE

Conductor
LILEANA BLAIN-CRUZ

Director
ADAM RIGG

Scenic Designer
KAYE VOYCE

Costume Designer
YI ZHAO

Lighting Designer
RONELL OLIVERI

Wig & Makeup Designer
RAJA FEATHER KELLY

Movement Director
KELLEY ROURKE

Dramaturg & Supertitles

CAST

Sébastien Guèze

Faust
CECILIA VIOLETTA LOPEZ

Marguerite
ELIZABETH POJANOWSKI

Siebel
CRAIG IRVIN

Valentin
DAVID PITTSINGER

Méphistophélès
EMILY PULLEY

Marthe
SAMUEL SCHULTZ

Wagner