Gounod: Faust / Ettinger, Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra
Disillusioned with life, the aged philosopher Faust calls upon Satan to help him. The devil Méphistophélès appears and strikes a bargain with the philosopher: Faust can have youth and the love of the beautiful Marguerite, but only in exchange for his soul... Gounod’s masterpiece is given the grandest of Royal Opera stagings in David McVicar’s richly layered and theatrically exuberant production, with the drama moved to Second Empire Paris, spectacular sets and costumes, and extensive dance. Michael Fabiano as a seductively witty Faust, Erwin Schrott as a devilish Méphistophélès and Irina Lungu as a passionate Marguerite are joined by the Royal Opera Chorus and a cast of Royal Opera favourites. Dan Ettinger conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in Gounod’s gloriously tuneful score.
Catalog Number: OA 1330D
Label: Opus Arte
Composer: Charles-François Gounod
Conductor: Dan Ettinger
Orchestra/Ensemble: Covent Garden Royal Opera House Chorus, Covent Garden Royal Opera House Orchestra
Performer: Carole Wilson, Erwin Schrott, German Enrique Alcantara, Irina Lungu, Marta Fontanals-Simmons, Michael Fabiano, Stéphane Degout