March 11, 2022
Greek National Opera to Present Eight Performances of Gounod’s "Faust" April 6 - 17
Harris Akriviadis

ATHENS, GREECE (March 11, 2022) — The Greek National Opera (GNO) will present a revival of its 2012 production of Charles Gounod’s Faust with eight performances April 6 through 17. The production, which premiered in 2012 at Megaron–The Athens Concert Hall, will be presented at the Stavros Niarchos Hall for the first time, conducted by Pierre Dumoussaud and directed by Renato Zanella.

Internationally acclaimed Italian choreographer, Mr. Zanella, is a former GNO Ballet Director who has also served as the Artistic Director of the Vienna State Opera Ballet. In this production he shifts the action to an old and empty lecture hall. There, against a backdrop of blackboards densely inscribed with wisdom, Faust is tormented by fundamental questions concerning life and death, love and success. Inside his addled mind, Faust meets with Méphistophélès, who uses Marguerite to lead him into temptation, convincing him to sign a deal with the devil. Mr. Zanella notes:

“My directorial approach moves away from both the supernatural and the religious facets of the work to place humankind—in all its weakness—at the heart of the action. Is Faust really made young again, or is Méphistophélès simply showing him what he wants to see? Do they really leave that space to visit other places and go on the most amazing adventures, or do they in fact never leave the lecture hall? Might this room actually be the inside of Faust’s head, packed so full of information that he cannot distinguish what is real from what is imaginary?”

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