Goethe’s “Faust” was, to the German-speaking world, what Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” was to the English-speaking world. Transformed by a French master of the operatic stage into a lyrical drama of enormous appeal for an entire world, Gounod has captured the essence, not only of the supernatural elements of Goethe’s original, but also of the mystique of the Romantic period. Complete with choirs of men, of demons and of angels, ballets of humans, witches and the denizens of Hell, it is a veritable war of emotions, of good and evil, of the medieval versus the modern worlds, and of innocence and corruption. It is a synthesis of all things romantic and all things Romantic.

 

Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 7:00

Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 4:00

Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 7:00

Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 4:00

 

THE UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF MIDDLETOWN

25 Orchard Street • Middletown, New York

 

 

Music by Charles François Gounod

Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré

After the play by Goethe

Production design by Renato Cesarino

Costumes by Claire Charbonnière

Lighting and Pyrotechnics by Tony Esplosione

Directed and Conducted by Ron De Fesi

 

THE CAST

FAUST, an aged philosopher, Justin Scott Randolph

MÉPHISTOPHÉLÈS, the devil, C. Davd Morrow

MARGUERITE, a young girl, Charlotte Detrick

VALENTIN, her brother, Gustavo Morales

SIÉBEL, a young villager, Ema Mitrovič

WAGNER, a soldier, Michael Kolb

MARTHA, a villager, Janean Sherwin

 

 And featuring the

HUDSON OPERA THEATRE

CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA

 

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