The Israel Opera’s current production of Faust by Charles Gounod is an amalgam of grand opera and ballet that combines the best of both artistic worlds. The superb performances by vocalists and dancers alike take place against the backdrop of stunning scenery, whose staging employs high-tech hydraulics.


In this four-hour production of the opera in five acts -- a co-production of the Israel Opera with Teatro Regio Torino and Opera de Lausanne -- the choreography -- by visiting director Stefano Poda -- practically steals the show. The writhing, sensual movements of the souls in Hell are rendered all the more unforgettable by the near-total nudity of the lithe terpsichoreans.


Indeed, at the premiere performance of Faust on March 6, the audience’s enthusiastic ovations for the dancers rivaled those that regaled the singers. The dancers also received named credits in the program playbill.


The Opera Orchestra -- the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion -- conducted by Dan Ettinger, was in fine form in an augmented capacity, with two harpists and complete woodwind and percussion sections.  


The role of Faust was sung by tenor Gaston Rivera, while that of Mephistopholes was sung by bass Paolo Battaglia. Soprano Aurelia Florian excelled as Marguerite, and the breeches role of Marguerite’s suitor -- and Faust’s rival -- Siebel was sung by mezzo soprano Na’ama Goldmann.


The roles of all five major protagonists alternate each evening during the course of this stunning production, which runs through March 25.  

Faust

Conductor                                                                         Dan Ettinger

                                                                                           Ethan Schmeisser

Director, Designer and Choreographer                     Stefano Poda

Among the soloists:

Faust                                                                              Gaston Rivero

                                                                                        Rame Lahaj

Mephistopheles                                                       Paolo Battaglia

                                                                                    Petar Naydenov

Marguerite                                                              Aurelia Florian

                                                                                  Tamar Iveri

Siebel                                                                      Na’ama Goldman

                                                                                  Shahar Lavi

Valentin                                                                 Serban Vasile

                                                                                 Ilya Silchukov

Wagner                                                                 Noah Brieger

Martha                                                                   Edit Zamir

                                                                               Shay Bloch

The Israeli Opera Chorus

Chorus Master: Ethan Schmeisser

The Opera Orchestra - The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion

Sung in French

English and Hebrew Surtitles

Translation: Israel Ouval

Duration: Three hours & 15 minutes

Co-production with Teatro Regio di Torino and Opera de Lausanne

Tickets Price

PREMIÈRE  210, 280, 345, 420, 470 NIS

SUN-FRI    190, 252, 319, 388, 438 NIS

SAT   207, 269, 334, 404, 453 NIS

The New Israeli Opera

Shaul Hamelekh Boulevard 19, Tel Aviv

Tel. (03) 692-7777

 

Website: http://www.israel-opera.co.il/eng/

 

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