Despite initial lukewarm reviews at its premiere in Paris in 1859, Charles Gounod’s opera Faust has gone on to become one of the most-performed operas of all time in North America. In fact, since Faust first premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in 1883, it has since been staged a whopping 733 more times.
Based on the sinister German tale made popular by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust follows downtrodden Doctor Faust as he sells his soul to ol’ Mephistopheles. He then cavorts around with the devil, making merry and eventually impregnating the object of his desire, Marguerite. Things, predictably, only get worse from there, as Marguerite becomes a social outcast and is eventually imprisoned.
Though Opera Idaho hasn’t performed Faust for over 30 years, this weekend they’re bringing it back to Boise at the new auditorium at South Junior High. Directed by Doug Copsey, the same dude who directed the previous performance in 1978, the opera will be sung in French (with English subtitles) by tenor Matt Morgan as Faust, Jacqueline Quirk as Marguerite and Charles Robert Austin as Mephistopheles. Boise Philharmonic director Robert Franz will make his wand-waving Opera Idaho debut on Friday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. and an additional matinee performance will take place Sunday, Nov. 1 at 2:30 p.m. All adult tickets to Sunday’s performance are going for the not-too-shabby, don’t-have-to-sell-your-soul rate of $34.
Friday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m., $15-$69, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2:30 p.m., $34, $30 seniors, $24 child, South Junior High, 3101 Cassia St., Boise. To purchase tickets, call 208-387-1273 or visit operaidaho.org.