The Damnation of Faust

Hector Berlioz

The Damnation of Faust


A four-act dramatic legend. A semistaged performance

The new SND building, Opera and Ballet hall
21. 10. 2016

One of the major initiators of musical Romanticism, French composer Hector Berlioz was written into music history as a great visionary. He thrilled contemporary audiences with the then unmatched sonic and harmonious imagination and stunning sound and temporal dimensions of his works. He spilled energy and temperament into every artistic battle with tremendous determination. In The Damnation of Faust he created one of the first musical versions of Goethe’s immortal literary works that fascinated him, finding parallels for his own battle for torn solitary individuality seeking a higher purpose in life – a battle that ends tragically in his artistic vision. His work is not opera, nor a concert Piece; it is a genre specific piece that is always a new and quite special challenge for the artist regarding understanding the unparalleled, magical world.

Running time: 2 hrs 15 mins with one intervals

Production Team

Musical Preparation Rastislav Štúr (as a guest)
Conductor Rastislav Štúr (as a guest)
Directed by Marián Chudovský
Artistic collaboration Jaroslav Valek
Chorusmaster Pavel Procházka
Choreography Igor Holováč