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Washington National Opera: Faust

Saturday, March 16, 2019 - Saturday, March 30, 2019

Washington National Opera

A deal with the devil goes awry in Gounod’s captivating tragedy. The aging Faust makes a pact with Méphistophélès to exchange his soul for Earth's mortal pleasures. But along the seductive path to riches and power, Faust will realize his salvation is devastatingly bound to others.

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To gain the world, would you sell your soul?


Music by Charles Gounod / Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, based on Goethe’s Faust: Part One
An Opera in Three Acts

Mar. 16e, 18e, 22e, 24m, 27e & 30e (2019) in the Opera House
In French with Projected English Titles
Production originated at Houston Grand Opera

Is the freedom of youth worth an eternity in hell? It is to the aging Faust, who makes a pact with Méphistophélès to exchange his soul for Earth’s mortal pleasures. With his youth restored, Faust woos the lovely Marguerite, but his troubles are far from over. Along the seductive path to riches and power, Faust realizes his salvation is tragically bound to others, including those he loves most.

WNO takes a look at this French classic with a riveting production featuring a storybook aesthetic and phenomenal cast. From Marguerite's celebrated “Jewel Song” to the beloved soldiers’ chorus, Gounod’s score propels Goethe’s tale of redemption and damnation into a dizzying dance with the devil that will be impossible to forget.

Performance Timing: Act One - 48 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act Two - 48 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act Three - 58 min.

Come early to interact with real props and costumes! 
WNO’s Touch Cart will be open one hour prior to the performances on Mar. 22 & 27.


Erin Wall
Marcelo Puente
Joshua Hopkins
Raymond Aceto
Dame Marthe:                                           
Deborah Nansteel
Allegra De Vita
Samson McCrady


Keri-Lynn Wilson
Garnett Bruce
Set & Costume Designer:                  
Earl Staley
Original Lighting Designer:               
Ken Billington
Lighting Designer:                             
Michael Clark


Informative and entertaining, Opera Insights take you inside the composer's mind, behind the scenes of planning a production, and into the history and social context of each opera. 
These lectures are free, but patrons must present a ticket from any performance of Faust.

Most Opera Insights begin 1 hour before the performance and last 20–25 minutes. Musicologist Saul Lilienstein's Opera Insights, scheduled for Monday, Mar. 18, begins 1 hour and 15 minutes before the performance and last 35–40 minutes.


Don't miss your opportunity to engage directly with our artists and share your thoughts on the experience you just had! Here's your chance to ask questions and get the inside scoop on the production from members of the cast and creative team. 
All discussions begin immediately after the performance and are free with your ticket.

Faust Talkback Dates:
Monday, Mar. 18
Sunday, Mar. 24

Houston Grand Opera is sponsored by City of Houston and Theater District Improvement Inc., and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts

Watch and Listen

WNO's "Faust" Trailer | The Kennedy Center

Joshua Hopkins as Valentin sings "Avant de quitter ces lieux" in WNO's Faust | The Kennedy Center