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The Damnation of Faust

Kategorie Opera Festspiel-Rückblick
Dauer 2 h 30 min
Alter 12+

Légende-dramatique in four parts
Libretto by Hector Berlioz and Almire Gandonnière
First performed in Paris 1846 (concertant) / in Monte Carlo 1893 (scenic)
In French with German surtitles

Musical director / Yannis Pouspourikas
Production / Ben Baur
Set design / Ben Baur
Costumes / Uta Meenen
Choreography / Rachele Pedrocchi

La Damnation de Faust

What fascinates us most about the works of Hector Berlioz today, is what irritated and repelled his contemporaries – the unrestrained proliferation of his imagination. By his very nature, he was drawn to the Faust legend, which was perceived as highly Romantic. He incorporated the “Ride to Hell”, “Chorus of the Damned” and “Marguerite’s Transfiguration” into his own Faust adaptation. He used orchestration on a grandiose scale and magnificent choral scenes to create infernal visions and spherical sounds.

However, although he dealt freely with the dramatic structure of Goethe’s poetry, he felt that it was his duty to retain the spirit of the work: our search for meaning between our lust for life, our calling and our moral standards. Berlioz’s Faust also wakes to new life with the arrival of the spring, until a warlike scene transforms his exuberance to depression. Only an Easter chorale changes his sadness to happy expectation and prepares him for Mephistopheles and his offer to show him the “true world”. After an excessive drinking session in Auerbach’s Cellar, the great tempter Mephistopheles awakens the longing in Faust for the beautiful young Marguerite. Faust’s desire becomes so strong that gives in completely to Mephistopheles’ temptation.

Begleitveranstaltungen zu den DomStufen-Festspielen 2023

Veranstaltet vom Theater Erfurt in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Katholischen Forum im Land Thüringen

Mi, 28. Juni 2023, 19.30 Uhr | Werkeinführung
Theater Erfurt, Großes Haus, Theaterplatz 1, 99084 Erfurt
Mitwirkende: Prof. Dr. Helmut Loos (Musik), Prof. Dr. Patrick Tobias Becker (Fundamentaltheologe an der Katholisch-Theologischen Fakultät der Uni Erfurt) und Dr. Arne Langer (Theater Erfurt)

Mi, 12. Juli 2023, 18.30 Uhr | Von Himmel und Hölle
St. Crucis (Neuwerkkirche), Klostergang 2, 99084 Erfurt
Referent: Prof. Dr. Klaus Vechtel SJ, Dogmatiker an der Philosophisch-Theologischen Hochschule Sankt Georgen in Frankfurt/Main

Mi, 19. Juli 2023, 18.30 Uhr | Große Oper oder Mysterienspiel? – Die diesjährige Inszenierung auf den Domstufen
Bildungsstätte St. Martin, Farbengasse 2, 99084 Erfurt
Referent: Ben Baur, Regisseur und Bühnenbildner

Mi, 26. Juli 2023, 18.30 Uhr | Die Rede vom Teufel
Kaufmannskirche, Anger 80, 99084 Erfurt
Referent: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Bründl, Fundamentaltheologe an der Universität Bamberg

Lutz Edelhoff