02/19 Sunday - 02/21 Tuesday

Faust - Opera on Film

Gounod's Faust was the most successful opera of its time, reaching Covent Garden in 1863, four years after its Parisian premiere, and quickly becoming a favorite of Victorian audiences. In 2004 Faust returned to The Royal Opera's repertory with a flourish: David McVicar's brilliantly theatrical production, played out in the Paris of the Second Empire, has given its familiar melodies, grand ensembles and epic central struggle between good and evil a new lease of life.

The downfall of Faust, the philosopher tempted by the demon Mephistopheles, and the terrible consequences of his tainted love of the innocent Marguerite and her brother Valentin are charted with insight and theatrical bravura. With its devilish presentation of the Cabaret L'Enfer, where Gounod's famous Waltz brings the second act to an eye-catching climax, this production reclaims Faust for the 21st century.

Santa Clara County Library
Camera 3
288 S 2nd Street
San Jose 95113
408-786-7323
$17