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September 30, FR
Evening:   La Damnation de Faust (Dramatic legend in four acts by Hector Berlioz)   Performance information
La Damnation de Faust (Dramatic legend in four acts by Hector Berlioz) - Bolshoi Theatre

Hector Berlioz
Dramatic legend in four acts
Libretto by Hector Berlioz, Almire Gandonaniere and G?rard de Nerval after "Faust" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Music Director: Tugan Sokhiev
Stage Director: Peter Stein
Set Designer: Ferdinand Woegerbauer
Costume Designer: Nana Cecchi
Lighting Designer: Joachim Bart
Chief Chorus Master: Valery Borisov
Premiered on July 22, 2016.

Synopsis

Part I
Faust, alone on a plain at sunrise, praises the awakening spring day, nature"s renewal and his own life in solitude, far from the madding crowd. In a nearby village, merry country people celebrate spring with singing and dancing while an army equipped for battle marches by. Faust withdraws untouched by all.

Part II
Having returned to his study pensive and unhappy, Faust sinks into profound melancholy and pessimism. Intent on suicide, he is about to drink a cup of poison when from outside he hears the easter hymn. Faust remembers the purity and piety of his childhood. His faith is reawakened and he reaffirms his commitment to life.
Suddenly Mephistopheles appears and, scorning Faust"s sentimentality, suggests that he go out into the world rather than dwell in philosophical speculation. He promises Faust, who is mistrustful at first, to fulfill his most extravagant desires. Faust follows this diabolical companion.
The first stop is Auerbach"s Cellar in Leipzig. Faust dislikes the drinkers" raucous singing, Brander"s coarse song about the "Rat in the Cellar," and Mephistopheles" cynical reply with his "Song of the Flea." He insists they leave without delay.
Mephistopheles next leads him to the banks of the elbe and sends him to sleep on a bed of roses. Mephistopheles concocts seductive dreams that beguile Faust, showing him a picture of his mistress-to-be, Marguerite. On awakening, Faust demands to be taken to the girl. Mephistopheles promises to arrange it. He advises Faust to join the soldiers and students going into town and to follow them to Marguerite"s house.

Part III
In Marguerites" room, Faust is filled with a sweet premonition of his romantic adventure. When Marguerite appears, he conceals himself. Marguerite has already seen her lover-to-be in a dream. She sings the ballad of "The King of Thule," in which she gives expression to her longing. As soon as Marguerite has fallen asleep, Mephistopheles appears. His band of beguiling spirits seduce and lead Marguerite to her destruction. With a sarcastic song, Mephistopheles delights in his certain victory.
Faust and Marguerite meet and declare their love for one another. They are interrupted by Mephistopheles who urges Faust to flee as the neighbors have become suspicious and want to warn Marguerite"s mother. Mephistopheles assures them that they can meet again the following evening.

Part IV
Marguerite has been jilted by Faust. She longs for his return but senses that he will not come back. The singing of the students and soldiers can be heard from the street below. This makes Marguerite even more conscious of her loneliness.
Meanwhile, Faust finds renewed strength in the midst of nature.
He learns from Mephistopheles that Marguerite is in prison awaiting execution for killing her mother - a crime for which Faust is responsible. Faust implores Mephistopheles to rescue Marguerite. He is prepared to do this on condition that Faust seals their pact with his signature. Faust walks into the trap. They charge off on Mephistopheles" magic horses, but not to Marguerite"s dungeon. Instead they descend into the depths of hell amidst earthquakes, thunder, and bloody rain, where diabolical spirits are awaiting their arrival. Faust, dammed until eternity, is thrown into the flames; Mephistopheles is triumphant.
In heaven the angels welcome Marguerite who has been absolved of her sins.

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Evening:   L"elisir d"amore (Opera in two acts. Adults only. Zazerkalye Saint Petersburg State Children"s Music Theatre production)   Performance information
L"elisir d"amore (Opera in two acts. Adults only. Zazerkalye Saint Petersburg State Children"s Music Theatre production) - Bolshoi Theatre

Opera in two acts
Adults only
Zazerkalye Saint Petersburg State Children"s Music Theatre production
Libretto by Felice Romani
Verse translationby P. Bubelnikov, Russian dialogues by A. Petrov
Scenic version of Zazerkalye Theatre
Music Director: Pavel Bubelnikov
Stage Director: Alexander Petrov
Designer: Natalia Klyomina
Choreographer: Tatiana Lebedeva
Lighting Designers: Elena Maximova, Svetlana Nikolaenko
Premiered on February 17, 1996.
Sung in Russian
Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes

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