WA Opera presents Faust by Charles Gounod

29, 31 October and 3, 5, 7 November
at 7.30pm

Conducted by Brad Cohen
Director David McVicar
Revival Director Bruno Ravella
Set Designer Charles Edwards
Costume Designer Brigitte Reiffenstuel
Lighting Designer Paule Constable
Choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan

Sung in French with English subtitles

West Australian Opera’s critically-acclaimed 2015 Season will conclude with Charles Gounod’s grand opera, Faust, a fittingly lavish production from Scottish director David McVicar for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

The storyline behind this masterpiece is one of the most enduring in literature: a bargain with the devil and the subsequent battle between good and evil with an intriguing mix of temptation, romance and betrayal. The richness of Gounod’s music underscores the drama of this tragic tale and includes one of the most famous arias in the opera repertoire: Ah, je ris de me voir (the Jewel Song) as well as Gloire immortelle de nos aïeux (the Soldier’s Chorus).

Celebrated US tenor Patrick O’Halloran will make his debut with West Australian Opera as the ill-fated Faust. Teddy Tahu Rhodes, who needs no introduction to Western Australian audiences, will appear as Méphistophélès while Armenian-Australian soprano, Natalie Aroyan will sing the role of the hapless Marguerite, the innocent maiden who is the object of Faust’s infatuation.

Also appearing on stage will be baritones Samuel Dundas performing the role of Marguerite’s brother, Valentin, together with Mark Alderson as his fellow soldier and friend, Wagner. Fiona Campbell will sing the role of Siébel with mezzo soprano, Ileana Rinaldi, one of West Australian Opera’s Mentored Artists for 2015, appearing as Marguerite’s guardian, Marthe.

Brad Cohen, Artistic Director of WAO, makes a welcome return to Perth to lead the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in this production which will also feature the West Australian Opera Chorus.