La damnation de Faust - January 22 - 29 2012

Sunday, January 22, 8.30 pm: Premiere
Tuesday, January 24, 6.30 pm: B Turn
Wednesday January 25, 6.30 pm: S1 Turn
Thursday January 26, 6.30 pm: C Turn
Saturday January 28, 8.30 pm: F Turn
Sunday January 29, 5.30 pm: D Turn

Légende dramatique by Hector Berlioz, Almire Gandonniére and Gerard de Nerval dal Faust di Goethe
Music by Hector Berlioz
A new production of the Teatro Massimo, in coproduction with the ENO English National Opera and the Vlaamse Opera

Roberto Abbado
Director Terry Gilliam
Scenes Designs Hildegard Bechtler
Costume Designs Katrina Lindsay
Co-Director and Choreographer
Leah Hausman
Lighting Designs Peter Mumford
Video Designer Finn Ross
Assistant Director Elisabetta Marini
Costume Collaborator Elena Cicorella

Faust Gianluca Terranova [22, 24, 26 and 29]
Arnold Bezuyen [25 and 28]
Méphistophélès Lucio Gallo [22, 24, 26 and 29]
Carlo Cigni [25 e 28]
Marguerite Anke Vondung [22, 24, 26 and 29]
Natalia Gavrilan [25 and 28]
Brander Enrico Iori

Teatro Massimo Orchestra, Chorus and Youth Chorus
Chorus Master Andrea Faidutti
Youth Chorus Master Salvatore Punturo

Photo Gallery


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Running time
Part I 65 minutes
Interval 20 minutes
Part II 65 minutes

Exploring Damnation

A short retrospective of Terry Gilliam's films will be on at the Cinema ABC on Tuesday 17, while on Monday 16 the opera will be presented at the Scuola di cinema in Rome. Terry Gilliam will also meet the students of the Scuola di cinema in Palermo on Thursday 19. [Full programme]

Terry Gilliam on the staging of Damnation at the ENO

Eno trailer for Damnation

About the opera
The story of Faust is well-known - a highly successful scholar, both full of enthusiasm and dissatisfied with his life, is brought to make a deal with the devil Mephistopheles by his search of meaning and fulfilment.
The Teatro Massimo is proud to host Terry Gilliam’s interpretation of the opera by Hector Berlioz, which is staged in Palermo after the huge success at the ENO in London. Terry Gilliam, a world-renowned screenwriter, film director, animator and actor, debuts in opera direction with “The Damnation of Faust”. The setting is XXth century Germany, going from Romanticism to Expressionism and finally witnessing the rise of Hitler.
Extraordinary music, fabulous scenes and amazing artists make of this production a must-see!
The “Damnation of Faust” is an opera for four solo voices, full seven-part chorus, large children's chorus and orchestra, written by French composer Hector Berlioz, who was fascinated by the most famous poem of Goethe.
Its first performance was at the Opéra-Comique in Paris on 6th December of 1846.

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