Afternoon at the Opera


A man and woman embrace on a bed on a stage

The Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Faust.

From the Lyric Opera of Chicago website

Lyric presents a hauntingly original twist on a timeless tale with a brand-new production of Gounod's Faust. Director Kevin Newbury has collaborated with the renowned sculptor and visual artist and first-time production designer John Frame (operatic debut), set and costume designer Vita Tzykun (Lyric debut), lighting designer Duane Schuler, and projections designer David Adam Moore (Lyric design debut). Together, they have created an alternate reality that expands and reconfigures Frame's three-dimensional collages to fill the stage. This new approach to the Faust legend will be like nothing you’ve ever seen at Lyric.

Inspired by Goethe’s magnum-opus play, composer Charles Gounod’s opera is well known and beloved for its gorgeous French-Romantic score. It concerns the aged philosopher Faust (Benjamin Bernheim/American debut), who – at the urging of Satan’s agent, Méphistophélès (Christian Van Horn) – is made young again in exchange for his soul. The drama encompasses Faust’s encounter with the innocent Marguerite (Ailyn Pérez, Mar. 3-18; Ana María Martínez, Mar. 21), his wooing and subsequent abandonment of her, the death of her brother Valentin (Edward Parks/Lyric debut) at Faust’s own hand, and Marguerite’s ensuing madness, death, and redemption. Siébel (Annie Rosen) is the boy in love with Marguerite, and Marthe (Jill Grove), Marguerite’s busybody neighbor, offers comic relief.