Center for the Arts Presents Virginia Opera’s Production of Faust

Posted: April 18, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Capping off its 30th season, the Virginia Opera performs what has been long regarded by many as the highlight of the French grand opera tradition, Charles Gounod’s Faust. The opera will be presented Friday, April 22, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 24, at 2 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

This masterpiece, filled with gorgeous melodies, rousing choruses, and unforgettable characters, relates the timeless tale of the devil dealing with the aging Faust for the irresistible gift of youth and the love of the beautiful young Marguerite. Faust, of course, seals the bargain with his soul. The ultimate battle of good and evil plays out as heartbreak, destruction, death, and eternal damnation take center stage.

Virginia Opera Artistic Director Peter Mark comments on the production and his talented debuting cast, saying, “In this new staging by French-American international stage director Bernard Uzan, we introduce a leading trio of noteworthy artists ascending on the opera scene today. Tenor Marcus McConico debuts as Faust, coupled with our Marguerite, debuting soprano Amanda Borst.” And, continues Mark, “Our devilish Méphistophélès, Turkish bass Burak Bilgili, has already bowed at the Metropolitan Opera as Leporello in the production of Don Giovanni.

The production will be sung in French with English subtitles projected above the stage.

A preperformance discussion, free to ticket holders, will be held 45 minutes prior to each performance on the hall’s Grand Tier. Tickets are $84, $68, and $44. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit

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