вЂ?La Damnation de Faust' at The Bolshoi is staged by Peter Stein who enjoys worldwide fame as a director of both theatre and opera. He has produced operas for La Scala, the Met, the Paris Opéra and the Salzburg Festival.
Goethe's "Faust" played a significant part of Stein's creative life. One of the most important moments for him was the staging in 2000 in Hannover, where he for the first time presented both parts of tragedy uncut - performance was going on for 2 days and was 20 hours long in total!
But our case is very different. "It is not Goethe's Faust we are producing", was how Stein started to talk about the future production at his first meeting with the cast. Demonstrating and commenting on the main mis-en-scènes, he pointed out the chief difficulties involved in staging the "dramatic legend": the virtually constant presence on stage of the chorus, rapid scene changes involving totally new sets… Even given today's technological stagecraft, it would not be easy to carry out the composer's instructions. But this was exactly what Peter Stein was determined to do.
Tugan Sokhiev, Music Director: "Stein does not вЂ?interpret' anything. He keeps strictly to the written text which is why it is so rewarding to work with him. He carries out everything to the letter. If it is stated Faust and Méphistophélès will disappear, then this is what they will do. If the leading characters are said to fly off somewhere, then fly off they will.