François-Xavier Roth leads the Concertgebouworkest at the Dutch National Opera in a new production of Berlioz’s masterpiece La damnation de Faust.
Few are immune to the devil’s powers of persuasion. Particularly the world-weary and lonely are easily charmed. In Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust, the unworldly scholar Faust falls victim to the whims of Mephistopheles. François-Xavier Roth leads the Concertgebouworkest at the Dutch National Opera in a new production of Berlioz’s masterpiece.
The story of the unfortunate Faust was popular in the nineteenth century. He is, after all, a romantic hero through and through, one who renounces everything for love. Berlioz was instantly captivated by the story after the French translation of Goethe’s novel was published. He drew inspiration from eight scenes in Faust, music which he would transform fifteen years later into the ‘dramatic legend’ La damnation de Faust. All the illusion and imagination of Faust’s mind make it difficult to translate the work to the theatre.