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Benjamin Bernheim in Faust from the Opéra Bastille, Paris

Filmed at the Opéra Bastille during lockdown in 2021, Tobias Kratzer’s new production of Faust reimagines Gounod’s opera for the 21st century. Deutsche Grammophon artist Benjamin Bernheim stars as Faust – as well as having already portrayed the role several times on stage, the French tenor recorded a stunning version of the ardent serenade “Salut! demeure chaste et pure” for his debut DG album. Bass Christian Van Horn plays Méphistophélès and soprano Ermonela Jaho is Marguerite.

With a libretto by Barbier and Carré, loosely based on Goethe’s Faust, Gounod’s five-act opera was first staged in Paris in 1859. Knowing death to be imminent, the ageing Faust agrees to sell his soul to the devil in exchange for a taste of the elixir of youth. He then meets the beautiful Marguerite, but there will be a price to pay for their unexpected love affair. German director Kratzer translates the action from 16th-century Germany to present-day Paris, with Manuel Braun’s spectacular video effects helping to create a cinematic vision of Faust that has much to say about our current obsession with youth. This production will be staged live at the Opéra Bastille later this season, with Benjamin Bernheim reprising the title role and fellow DG artist Emily D’Angelo playing Siébel.

Charles Gounod

Benjamin Bernheim Faust
Christian Van Horn Méphistophélès
Florian Sempey Valentin
Christian Helmer Wagner
Ermonela Jaho Marguerite
Michèle Losier Siébel
Sylvie Brunet-Grupposo Dame Marthe Schwertlein
Jean-Yves Chilot Old Faust

Lorenzo Viotti conductor
José Luis Basso chorus master
Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opéra national de Paris

Tobias Kratzer director
Rainer Sellmaier set and costume design
Michael Bauer lighting design
Manuel Braun video

©Photos: Monika Rittershaus

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