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Premiere: 11/10/2018
Opéra Lyon
Lyon, France
Compositor: Arrigo Boito
VLibreto: Arrigo Boito
Based on: Faust / Goethe
Stage Director: Àlex Ollé (La Fura dels Baus)
With the collaboration of: Susana Gomez
Set Designer: Alfons Flores
Costume Designer: Lluc Castells
Lighting Designer: Urs Schoenebaum


From 1997 Faust’s character has been present in Àlex Ollé’s career, first in theatre and film, and afterwards in different opera proposals. Forever taken from an actual point of view and through its conception, as a hero of knowledge. This mise en scène of Boito’s piece, created 150 years ago, means another step further, a proposal where Mephistopheles is the leading character.

Now the demon is a middle class European; a psychopath who works at a lab and hates everything that surrounds him, especially Faust, and who lives overwhelmed by the way knowledge is immediately shared in the network; the way in which everyone can have access to it, and at the same time, it is under no one’s control.

The piece takes place inside Mephistopheles’s mind through a multiple space, as a sort of Babel Tower, which contains from a battlefield which evokes the eternal fight between good and evil, to a space of leisure represented by a nightclub, or the routine office workplace.