‘Faust’, Gounod, starts the season at the Teatro Real


The Royal Theater opens its 22nd season next 19 September with Faust, from Charles Gounod (1818-1893), in a co-production with Teatro Real national Opera & Ballet Amsterdam, which premiered production, with an enthusiastic reception, in May 2014.

Estrenada en el Teatro Lirico de París, he 19 March 1859, with an icy response from the French public, Faust It has been imposed gradually in the operatic repertoire, despite the reluctance of critics, who have fallen into the trap of evaluating the score based on the immeasurable greatness of the work of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832).

While it is true that the librettists Jules Barbier Y Michel Carré They reduced the plot of the opera diabolical pact and the love affair between Faust and Marguerite away from the philosophical complexity of the text of Goethe, perhaps it is precisely the simplicity and spontaneity of the score the secret of his success.

The play, which departs from the grandiloquence of the grand opera French, He has seduced the public, who revels in the beauty of the melodies, refined orchestration, choral parts formidable, the contrast between the numbers, the sarcasm of some dialogues and delicacy of the most intimate nature scenes.

Alex Olle, for the fourth time addressing the myth of Faust throughout his career La Fura dels Baus --after F @ ust 3.0 (1997), The Damnation of Faust, Hector Berlioz (1999) and the movie Splendor 5.0 (2001)─ it moves away from the shallowest reading score, delving into the issue that crosses all the work of Goethe: the pursuit of unlived life. Instigates Mephistopheles Faust to satisfy the desires that has hidden, He has sublimated drives and perversions that has camouflaged. Mephistopheles and Faust alter ego: the devil wears hidden.

In the purest style 'I Fura', Alex Olle and the scenography Alfons Flores dramaturgical resort to artifices of great theatrical effectiveness, Fausto placing in a laboratory, where he works on a huge computer that simulates the human brain, with their traps and fantasies, which are emerging archetypes of modern society, very recognizable by the public.

Next to Valentina Carrasco (collaborator in stage direction), Luke Castles (costume designer) Y Urs Shönebaum (illuminator), They have created an inventive production, Sarcastic and spectacular, which it has the complicity of a double cast headed by tenors Piotr Beczala e Ismael Jordi, in the title role; las sopranos Marina Rebeka Y Irina Lungu in the role of Marguerite; baritones Luca Pisaroni, Erwin Schrott Y Adam Finger as Mephistopheles, Stéphane Diverting Y John Chest, as Valentin; y las sopranos Serena Malfi Y Annalisa Stroppa transvestite role in Siébel.

The musical direction will be Israeli master Dan Ettinger, debuting in Madrid in front of Headlines Choir and Orchestra of the Teatro Real and preparing the chorus, with great prominence in the score of Gounod, is in charge, as usual, its director Andrés Máspero.

Premiered at the Royal Theater 1865, six years after his cold first in Paris, Faust He seduced since the public of Madrid, It is one of the most represented operas until closing theater 1925. Since its reopening have been offered 10 functions, on February 2003, with a production of Gotz Friedrich tribute to. Faust returns to the Royal Theatre 15 years later, a drama that will bring a new reading of the inexhaustible richness of this universal myth.


13 September at 20.15 hours | Teatro Real, Sala Gayarre

approaches: meeting with artists participating in Faust and Joan Matabosch, artistic director of the Teatro Real

19 September to 7 October| National Museum of Romanticism

a work, an opera: Mephistopheles, Joaquin Espalter (1872), box representing Goethe's Faust at the time kidnaps Marguerite

30 of September, to 11.00 hours | Teatro Real, Great room

Opera theater

projecting The Tales of Hoffmann, Jacques Offenbach, with musical direction by Sylvain Cambreling and stage director Christoph Marthaler.

2 October to 22 February | Complutense Institute of Musical Sciences

The excitement of opera (exposition): a tour of the nineteenth century opera through scores, images and unpublished documents. Tailoring includes pieces and props Royal Theater.

Historical Library Marqués de Valdecilla

4 October at 20.00 hours | TV Half | Classical Radio and EBU European Broadcasting Union

Streaming and Faust in the television MEZZO, in Classical Radio, the RNE, and stations that make up the EBU, European Broadcasting Union.

7 October, to 12.00 hours | Teatro Real, Great room

Chamber Sundays

Soloists of the Titular Orchestra of the Teatro Real

7 October at 12.00 and to the 17.00 hours | Teatro Real, Sala Gayarre

Everyone to the Gayarre!: music workshops for the whole family, direction and presentation of Fernando Palacios.

First session of the season: The devil lurks

ballerinas: Aurora Constanza, Elena Di Mare Ruiz and Inés Calderón.