Devilish tales

The story of Faust, who trades his soul with the devil for youth and power, has taken on many forms over the years, but Gounod’s opera remains one of the most enthralling. In the Royal Opera House production being screened at Much Wenlock’s Edge Arts Centre this April, Michael Fabiano stars as Faust, with Diana Damrau as his beloved Marguerite and Erwin Schrott as the diabolical Méphistophélès.

Virtuoso leading roles, a large chorus, sensational sets, ballet and an ecstatic finale make this the epitome of theatrical spectacle – the lavish scale of French grand opera is very much in evidence in this production by David McVicar, set in 1870s Paris. The music includes several of popular opera’s most recognizable numbers, performed by a cast of great international singers and the Royal Opera Chorus.

The show appears on Tuesday 2 April at 6.45pm, with tickets priced at £12/10 – visit edgeartscentre.com for details.

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