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ATLANTA OPERA: 'Faust' Returns After Almost 20 Years!

The Atlanta Opera continues its 2013-2014 season with a production of Charles-François Gounod’s grand opera 'Faust'. The opera will be presented on March 8, 11, 14, and 16 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, and will be dedicated to Atlanta Opera Chorus Master Walter Huff in honor of his 25th anniversary with the company.

Faust Returns to the Atlanta Opera
Faust Returns to the Atlanta Opera
Atlanta Opera
Faust Returns to the Atlanta Opera
Faust Returns to the Atlanta Opera
J. D. Scott

Gounod’s Faust is famous for having been the production selected to open the new Metropolitan Opera House in 1883. 'Faust' has not been seen in Atlanta since the Atlanta Opera produced it to open its inaugural season at The Fox Theatre in 1995.

The Atlanta Opera’s 2014 production of 'Faust' will feature rising superstar tenor Noah Stewart in the title roll, making his debut with the company. Noah Stewart recently made international news as the first African American artist to top the UK classical album chart in its 25-year history with his debut album, Noah. The role of Marguerite will be sung by Mary Dunleavy, who wowed Atlanta Opera audiences as Violetta in last season’s 'La Traviata'. A soprano with The Metropolitan Opera, Dunleavy is also known for her performance in Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated movie Lincoln. Also making his Atlanta Opera debut is internationally celebrated Russian bass Alexander Vinogradov in the role of Méphistophélès.

The Atlanta Opera’s Carl and Sally Gable Music Director, Arthur Fagen, will conduct the Atlanta Opera Orchestra. The Atlanta Opera Chorus, featured prominently in this production, will be prepared by Chorus Master Walter Huff. Metropolitan Opera stage director Louisa Muller will direct; sets and costumes feature designs by Earl Staley, from a production originally staged for Houston Grand Opera by Francesca Zambello.

'Faust' first premiered in Paris in 1859. It exemplifies the French grand opera tradition with a lavish score featuring a large cast and orchestra, dramatic plot, dynamic choral scenes, and stunning set and costume design. Gounod’s operatic retelling of the famous legend, loosely based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s play of the same name, is a rousing tale of the struggle between good and evil. Set in 16th-century Germany, the elderly scholar Faust sells his soul to the devil, Méphistophélès, regaining his youth and the opportunity to seduce the beautiful Marguerite, without knowing that he will be seduced by her goodness.

'Faust' will be performed in French with projected English translations. Ticket holders may attend a free pre-opera talk about Faust, held one hour prior to each performance inside the John A. Williams Theatre at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Single tickets, ranging from $26-$133, can be purchased online at AtlantaOpera.org or by calling 404-881-8885. Two-opera season ticket packages which include 'Faust' and the upcoming production of 'The Barber of Seville' are also available, offering patrons premium seating at discounted prices.

Ticket Information
Single Tickets: $26 - $133 plus convenience fees
Online: AtlantaOpera.org
By Phone: 404-881-8885 (Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
In-person: Visit the Bank of North Georgia Box Office at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre (Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; and two hours prior to a performance on day of show).

Four Performances at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 14, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.