dateSeptember 09, 2008
categoryOpera Carolina News
A Devilish Plot with an Angelic Twist - Broadcast Live!
Charlotte, NC – Love. Deceit. Salvation. Damnation. Opera Carolina presents French grand opera at its best in the delightfully devilish production of Charles Gounod’s Faust. Returning to the Opera Carolina stage after nearly a decade-long absence, Faust will open the 2008/2009 season in Berlin as the first stop of many journeys - from Berlin to Seville, from Paris to Beijing. Under the baton of General Director and Principal Conductor James Meena and the direction of General and Artistic Director of L'Opera de Montreal, Bernard Uzan, many of the opera world’s brightest stars will be singing the roles of some of opera’s most unforgettable characters. James Valenti (Rigoletto) joins Opera Carolina as Faust, after a recent appearance with the New York City Opera, along with the acclaimed Maureen O’ Flynn (Marguerite), a Metropolitan Opera soprano and Opera Index First Prize winner. American bass Chester Patton, who has previously been a part of Opera de Paris, will appear alongside Valenti and O’Flynn as the dastardly Méphistophélès.
In celebration of WDAV’s 30th Anniversary, Opening Night of Faust will be broadcast live on WDAV 89.9 FM. Join us on Saturday, October 18 for this momentous occasion in both Opera Carolina and WDAV’s history. Consistently appearing in The Charlotte Observer’s “101 Things to Do in Charlotte,” check Opera Carolina off the list and be a part of the 2008/2009 season!
Off a quiet street in Berlin, the dejected Faust is on the verge of taking his own life. Lusting for youth and a woman’s touch, Faust curses life and calls on Méphistophélès, better known as Satan, for help. Méphistophélès appears, and conjures an image of the beautiful Marguerite. Faust sells his soul in order to regain his handsome youth and pursues the young maiden. With the help of Méphistophélès, Faust woos the innocent Marguerite only to bring ruin to her and her family. As Marguerite sits in prison condemned to death, Faust and Méphistophélès try to free her. Torn between both her love and fear of Faust, Marguerite chooses death, putting her trust in the angels to save her. As Faust prays, her soul rises to the heavens.
Faust will be performed in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center October 18 at 8:00 p.m., October 23 at 7:30 p.m. & October 26 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available now by calling 704.372.1000 or visit us online at operacarolina.org. Full cast listings and bios are available at OC Artist Bios. To download images of this production please visit OC Media Photos. Current images available include: production photos, artist headshots, and the Opera Carolina logo.
Faust is sung in French with projected English titles. Opera Carolina’s production of Faust is recommended for PG-13 audiences, ages 13 and older. All performances feature the Opera Carolina Chorus and The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. This production is made possible by presenting sponsors Marjorie and Bob McDorman. Additional support provided by TIAA CREF and U.S. Airways. Media support provided by The Charlotte Observer.
Founded in 1948 as the Charlotte Opera Association by a small group of volunteers, Opera Carolina today is the largest professional opera company in the Carolinas with an operating budget of over $3.5 million. The mission of Opera Carolina is to inspire the region's diverse community through the presentation of excellent Opera, Operetta, Music Theater, and Education & Outreach programs that elevate the quality of life in the Carolinas. Opera Carolina is a community resource with a commitment to artistic excellence and community service.
Opera Carolina is supported by the Arts & Science Council-Charlotte/Mecklenburg, Inc., The North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the state of North Carolina, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Opera Carolina is a member of OPERA America.