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opera Busoni's Doktor Faust Klaus Michael Gruber (stage director), Philippe Jordan (conductor) — With Thomas Hampson (Faust), Günther Groissböck (Wagner), Gregory Kunde (Mephistopheles), Reinaldo Macias (The Duke of Parma), Sandra Trattnigg (The Duchess of Parma)...

Klaus Michael Gruber (stage director), Philippe Jordan (conductor) — With Thomas Hampson (Faust), Günther Groissböck (Wagner), Gregory Kunde (Mephistopheles), Reinaldo Macias (The Duke of Parma), Sandra Trattnigg (The Duchess of Parma)...

Busoni's Doktor Faust Klaus Michael Gruber (stage director), Philippe Jordan (conductor) — With Thomas Hampson (Faust), Günther Groissböck (Wagner), Gregory Kunde (Mephistopheles), Reinaldo Macias (The Duke of Parma), Sandra Trattnigg (The Duchess of Parma)...

About

Plunge into the mind of a tormented, exacting revolutionary, disillusioned with the world around him and with what life has—and doesn't have—to offer him. In his quest for perfection, the frustrated genius feels compelled to create, to express the music he hears and wishes to share with the world. This is the music of Doktor Faust, an opera by Italian composer Ferruccio Busoni, for which he wrote the libretto himself, and on which he labored feverishly in the years leading to his death in 1924. He nonetheless left it incomplete, and the task fell to his student Philipp Jarnach to provide the finishing touches.

A host of marquee names, led by Thomas Hampson in the title role, bring their talents to this early 20th-century masterpiece, with Busoni's score conducted expertly by Philippe Jordan. The Faustian legend comes to life in a staging that blends action, adventure, and philosophical reflection, punctuated by diabolical visions created by the demon Mephistopheles, performed by the fiery Gregory Kunde in an elegant production by Klaus Michael Grüber.

Cast

  • Klaus-Michael Grüber | Stage director
  • Eduardo Arroyo | Stage design
  • Eva Dessecker | Costume designer
  • Jürgen Hoffmann | Lighting
  • Thomas Hampson | Faust
  • Günther Groissböck | Wagner
  • Gregory Kunde | Mephistopheles
  • Reinaldo Macias | The Duke of Parma
  • Sandra Trattnigg | The Duchess of Parma
  • Martin Zysset | A Lieutenant
  • Chor des Opernhauses Zürich
  • Jürg Hämmerli | Chorus Master

Program

  • Ferruccio Busoni, Doktor Faust
    • Symphonia
    • Agitato
    • Prologue I: Euerer Magnifizenz Verzeihung (Wagner, Faust)
    • Prologue I: Faust, Faust, nun erfüllt sich dein Augenblick! (Faust)
    • Prologue I: Seid Ihr den Studenten begegnet? (Wagner, Faust)
    • Prologue II: In modo d'un Adagio
    • Prologue II: Die Sanduhr zeigt die Mitternacht (Faust, Chorus)
    • Prologue II: Frage, immerhin (Chorus, Faust, Stimme 1, Stimme 2, Stimme 3, Stimme 4, Stimme 5, Stimme 6)
    • Prologue II: Willst du mir dienen? (Faust, Mephistopheles)
    • Prologue II: Höre, Faust. Draussen stehn die Glaubiger zuhauf, die du hast betrogen (Mephistopheles, Faust)
    • Prologue II: Schlau wusstest du die Schlingen zu legen (Faust, Mephistopheles)
    • Prologue II: Credo in unum Deum (Chorus, Faust, Mephistopheles)
    • Prologue II: Allelujah!
    • Intermezzo: Du, der du nicht allein (Soldat)
    • Intermezzo: Der Mann sinnt auf deinen Tod (Mephistopheles, Faust, Soldat)
    • Intermezzo: Möchtest du mir nicht beichten? (Mephistopheles, Soldat, Leutnant)
    • Scene I: Cortege
    • Scene I: Sie nah'n! Der Fürst, die Fürstin! O schauet! O Pracht! (Chorus, Zeremonienmeister, Herzog, Herzogin, Mephistopheles)
    • Scene I: Er ist ein Fürst an Wesen und Gebärde (Herzogin, Herzog, Mephistopheles, Chorus, Faust)
    • Scene I: Was wünscht die schöne Herrin zu erschauen? (Faust, Herzogin, Herzog, Zeremonienmeister, Chorus, Mephistopheles)
    • Scene I: Was Wichtiges, sagt Ihr? (Herzog, Mephistopheles)
    • Symphonic Intermezzo
    • Scene II: So lang man Jugend hat (Chorus, Student 1, Student 2, Student 3, Theologe, Student 4, Jurist, Naturgelehrter)
    • Scene II: Nichts ist bewiesen und nichts ist beweisbar (Faust, Student 1, Student 2, Student 3, Student 4, Chorus of Protestanten, Chorus of Katholiken)
    • Scene II: Von allen Frauen, die mich geliebt (Faust, Student)
    • Scene II: Lasst euch nicht stören (Mephistopheles, Alle)
    • Scene II: Traum der Jugend, Ziel des Weisen! (Faust)
    • Final Scene: Ihr Männer und Frauen (Nachtwächter, Student 1, Alle, Wagner, Faust)
    • Final Scene: Das Haus ist mir bekannt (Faust, Chorus, Herzogin, Nachtwächter, Mephistopheles)

Details

  • Directed by:
    • Felix Breisach
  • Venue: Zürich Opera House (Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Production date: 2007
  • Duration: 2 h 50 min
  • Production: © Opernhaus Zürich & Clasart
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