Has there ever been anything you want so badly that you would sell your soul to the Devil to get it? Maybe if you heard the story of Faust, you would change your mind. He is a character in German legend, who though successful, it dissatisfied with life. Faust therefore decides to sell his soul to the Devil for unlimited knowledge, magical powers, and worldly pleasures. Once the deadline is up, however, Faust faces eternal damnation.
The popular story has been adapted for stage and screen in many formats, from films to ballets to plays. It is an opera, however, that Faust will be taking on this month. From the 3rd April - 3rd March, The Royal Opera House is offering an exciting line-up of performances. The Faustian Pack will not only bring back David McVicar's production of Gounod's Faust, but also a series of other projects inspired by the legend.
First up is Through His Teeth, an original opera by Luke Bedford and David Harrower.With performances on the 3rd, 7th, 9th, and 11th April, it is a warped re-telling of the Faust story, in which a woman is seduced by a A woman is seduced by a 'ruthlessly charming car salesman.' But she later finds out that this man has a shadowy second life, that she becomes controlled by. Tickets are between £8-£25.
The Crackle by Matthew Herbert, is a pioneering sound adaptation that will be performed on the 5th, 8th, 10th, and 12th April. With tickets between £6-£25, it tells the story of a music teacher tempted by powerful technology that will help him achieve his academic dreams of brilliance.
On the 6th April, Man Booker Prize-winning author, Hilary Mantel, will explore the nature of modern day pacts with the Devil, while the 3rd May will see the appearance of a dance troupe of East Londoners, who interpret Faust through dynamic Street Stories.
Faust, the main opera itself will run between the 4th - 25th April. Set in 1870s, Paris, tickets are between £10-£230.