19 July 2016, Tuesday
The main work on "La Damnation de Faust" was going on in 1845-46. Berlioz was so into the process that he created the most of libretto himself as well.
Premiere took place in 1846 in Paris with half empty hall. The real triumph came only after composer's death, in 1877, when the opera got a new staging in Paris after 30 years of neglect.
Berlioz interprets Goethe as a French romanticist. His Faust isn't an old wise man disappointed in possibilities of human mind, but more of a young man of 19th century, struggling with loneliness and dissatisfaction. He is being lead not by reason, but by emotional impulsions.
The term dramatic legend indicates a mixture of genres. Magically interwoven in La Damnation de Faust, are elements of opera, ballet, oratorio and symphonic suite, while the detailed stage directions in some places in the score suddenly give way to their total absence. One explanation for this could be the fact that, initially, Berlioz conceived of his work as a вЂ?concert opera'.
In recent years, on the initiative of Tugan Sokhiev, the Theatre's Music Director, works by Berlioz have been played regularly at concerts at the Bolshoi. However, to-date, not a single work by the вЂ?fiery romantic', has been staged at the Theatre - La Damnation de Faust is going to be the first!
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