Opera Scotland

Faust

Tours by decade

1860s - 3 tours

1865 - Her Majesty's Italian Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1867 - Madame Lancia's Grand English Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1869 - Corri's Grand English Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1870s - 5 tours

1874 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1874 - Her Majesty's Italian Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1876 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1877 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1878 - Her Majesty's Italian Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1880s - 12 tours

1880 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1881 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1882 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1883 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1884 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1885 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1885 - Sydney Hill's Royal English Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1886 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1887 - J W Turner's English Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1888 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1889 - J W Turner's English Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1889 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1890s - 16 tours

1890 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1890 - Arthur Rousbey's English Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1891 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1891 - J W Turner's English Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1891 - Carl Rosa Carmen Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1891 - Arthur Rousbey's English Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1892 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1893 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1894 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1895 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1896 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1897 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1898 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1899 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1899 - J W Turner's English Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1899 - Robert Cunningham Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1900s - 11 tours

1902 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1903 - J W Turner's English Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1905 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1905 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1906 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1907 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1907 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1908 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1908 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1909 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1909 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1910s - 16 tours

1910 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1910 - Castellano Grand Italian Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1910 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1911 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1911 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1912 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1913 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1914 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1915 - O'Mara Grand Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1915 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1916 - O'Mara Grand Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1916 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1917 - O'Mara Grand Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1917 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1918 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1919 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1920s - 18 tours

1920 - O'Mara Grand Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1920 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1921 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1922 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1922 - British National Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1923 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1923 - British National Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1924 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1924 - British National Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1925 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1926 - Dundee Amateur Operatic Society
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1926 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1926 - British National Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1927 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1928 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1928 - British National Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1929 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1929 - Covent Garden Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1930s - 6 tours

1930 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1934 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1935 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1937 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1938 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1939 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1940s - 8 tours

1940 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1942 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1943 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1944 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1945 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1946 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1947 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1949 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1950s - 8 tours

1950 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1951 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1952 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1954 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1955 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1956 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1957 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1958 - Dundee Operatic Society
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1960s - 5 tours

1960 - Glasgow Grand Opera Society
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1964 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1964 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1965 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1966 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1990s - 1 tour

1990 - Slovak National Opera, Bratislava
Fully Staged with Orchestra

2010s - 3 tours

2011 - Metropolitan Opera
Cinema Screening
2015 - Swansea City Opera
Fully Staged, reduced orchestration
2015 - Fife Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra

Tours by location

Scotland, UK - 231 entries

1865 - Her Majesty's Italian Opera
Glasgow
1867 - Madame Lancia's Grand English Opera Company
Glasgow
1869 - Corri's Grand English Opera Company
Aberdeen
1869 - Corri's Grand English Opera Company
Dundee
1869 - Corri's Grand English Opera Company
Kilmarnock
1874 - Her Majesty's Italian Opera
Glasgow
1874 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1876 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1877 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Dundee
1877 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Aberdeen
1877 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1878 - Her Majesty's Italian Opera
Glasgow
1880 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1881 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1881 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1882 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1882 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Aberdeen
1882 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1883 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1884 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1885 - Sydney Hill's Royal English Opera Company
Aberdeen
1885 - Sydney Hill's Royal English Opera Company
Dundee
1885 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1885 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1886 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1886 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1887 - J W Turner's English Opera Company
Aberdeen
1887 - J W Turner's English Opera Company
Glasgow
1888 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1888 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1889 - J W Turner's English Opera Company
Dundee
1889 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1890 - Arthur Rousbey's English Opera Company
Aberdeen
1890 - Arthur Rousbey's English Opera Company
Dundee
1890 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1890 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1891 - Arthur Rousbey's English Opera Company
Dundee
1891 - Carl Rosa Carmen Company
Glasgow
1891 - Carl Rosa Carmen Company
Edinburgh
1891 - J W Turner's English Opera Company
Dundee
1891 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1891 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1892 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Dundee
1892 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1893 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1893 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1894 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1895 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Aberdeen
1896 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1896 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1897 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1897 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1898 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1898 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1899 - Robert Cunningham Opera Company
Glasgow
1899 - Robert Cunningham Opera Company
Aberdeen
1899 - Robert Cunningham Opera Company
Dundee
1899 - J W Turner's English Opera Company
Dundee
1899 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Govan
1899 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Aberdeen
1899 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Dundee
1902 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Edinburgh
1902 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Glasgow
1903 - J W Turner's English Opera Company
Dundee
1905 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Edinburgh
1905 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1905 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Glasgow
1906 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1907 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1907 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Greenock
1907 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1907 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Edinburgh
1908 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Edinburgh
1908 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Glasgow
1908 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Aberdeen
1908 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Dundee
1908 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1908 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Greenock
1908 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1909 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Greenock
1909 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Edinburgh
1909 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Aberdeen
1909 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Dundee
1909 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1909 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Glasgow
1909 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1910 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Falkirk
1910 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Aberdeen
1910 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Kirkcaldy
1910 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Dundee
1910 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1910 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1910 - Castellano Grand Italian Opera
Aberdeen
1910 - Castellano Grand Italian Opera
Dundee
1911 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Aberdeen
1911 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Dundee
1911 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1911 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Glasgow
1911 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1911 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Greenock
1912 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Aberdeen
1912 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Dundee
1912 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1912 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1913 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1913 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1914 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1914 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1915 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1915 - O'Mara Grand Opera Company
Dundee
1915 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1916 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1916 - O'Mara Grand Opera Company
Dundee
1916 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1917 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1917 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Greenock
1917 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1917 - O'Mara Grand Opera Company
Dundee
1917 - O'Mara Grand Opera Company
Edinburgh
1918 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1918 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1919 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Aberdeen
1919 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Dundee
1919 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1919 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1920 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1920 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1920 - O'Mara Grand Opera Company
Aberdeen
1920 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Aberdeen
1921 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Aberdeen
1921 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1922 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Aberdeen
1922 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Dundee
1922 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1922 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1922 - British National Opera Company
Glasgow
1923 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Dundee
1923 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1923 - British National Opera Company
Edinburgh
1923 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Perth
1923 - British National Opera Company
Glasgow
1924 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Aberdeen
1924 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Perth
1924 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1924 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1924 - British National Opera Company
Glasgow
1924 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Dundee
1925 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1926 - Dundee Amateur Operatic Society
Dundee
1926 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1926 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1926 - British National Opera Company
Glasgow
1927 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1927 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1928 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1928 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Dundee
1928 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1928 - British National Opera Company
Edinburgh
1928 - British National Opera Company
Glasgow
1929 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1929 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1929 - Covent Garden Opera
Aberdeen
1929 - Covent Garden Opera
Glasgow
1929 - Covent Garden Opera
Edinburgh
1930 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1930 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1934 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1934 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Aberdeen
1934 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1935 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1935 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1937 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1937 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1938 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1938 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1939 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1939 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1940 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1940 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1942 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1942 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1943 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1943 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1944 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Aberdeen
1944 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1944 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1945 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1945 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Aberdeen
1945 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1946 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1946 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Aberdeen
1946 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1947 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1947 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1949 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1949 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Aberdeen
1949 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1950 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1950 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1951 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1952 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Aberdeen
1952 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1952 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1954 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1954 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Aberdeen
1954 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1955 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1955 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Dundee
1956 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1956 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Dundee
1957 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1958 - Dundee Operatic Society
Dundee
1960 - Glasgow Grand Opera Society
Glasgow
1964 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
1964 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
1964 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Glasgow
1964 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Aberdeen
1965 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Edinburgh
1965 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Glasgow
1966 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
1966 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
1966 - Scottish Opera
Aberdeen
1990 - Slovak National Opera, Bratislava
Edinburgh
2011 - Metropolitan Opera
Aberdeen
2011 - Metropolitan Opera
Edinburgh
2011 - Metropolitan Opera
Dundee
2011 - Metropolitan Opera
Galashiels
2011 - Metropolitan Opera
Glasgow
1892 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
2015 - Swansea City Opera
Ayr
2015 - Fife Opera
Kirkcaldy

Music
Charles Gounod (born Paris, 17 June 1818; died Saint-Cloud, 18 October 1893)

Text
Jules Barbier and Michel Carré.

Source
Episodes from poem (1808) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), adapted by Barbier.

Premières
First performance: Paris (Théâtre-Lyrique), 19 March 1859.
First UK performance: London (Her Majesty’s Theatre), 24 June 1863.
First performance in Scotland: Glasgow (Theatre Royal) 9 October 1865
Scottish Opera première: Glasgow (King’s Theatre), 14 May 1964.

Background
For many decades after its first appearance, Faust enjoyed almost unequalled popularity in the operatic world. The statistics are amazing – 1000 performances in Paris by 1894, and performed in every Covent Garden season between 1863 and 1911. It is nowadays difficult to appreciate how this was possible. While it is unlikely that it will ever regain that level of exposure, it does now seem acceptable to admire an opera that a few decades ago was widely regarded with little more than contempt. German audiences are reputed to have generally viewed it as trivialising a literary masterpiece, but taken on its own terms, there is much to admire, particularly in the delicate social comedy, when Gounod is not trying to create a grand opera.

Characters
Faust, an academic (tenor)
Méphistophélès (bass)
Valentin, a soldier, Marguerite’s brother (baritone)
Wagner, a student (baritone)
Marguerite (soprano)
Siébel, a youth, in love with Marguerite (mezzo-soprano)
Marthe, Marguerite’s neighbour (contralto)

Plot Summary
The opera is set in sixteenth century Germany. Faust, a philosopher, is feeling his age, envious of the young men he constantly sees around, and infatuated with the beautiful Marguerite. Méphistophélès takes advantage to offer him renewed, and eternal, youth – in exchange for his soul. Faust accepts the bargain. Marguerite’s brother, Valentin, is going to war, and leaves his sister in the care of Siébel, who loves her. The newly youthful Faust succeeds in seducing Marguerite and making her pregnant, assisted by a tempting case of jewels supplied by Méphistophélès. By the time Valentin and the other soldiers return from the wars, Marguerite has killed her baby and is in prison, awaiting execution. Valentin denounces Faust and challenges him to a duel, but, with the help of Méphistophélès, Faust is able to kill him. In prison, Marguerite is tempted by Méphistophélès to join Faust. She resists, and a heavenly choir pronounces her salvation as Faust, in fulfilment of his bargain, is dragged off to Hell.

The Cast

Dancer 1
 
Dancer 2
 
Faust
 a learned doctor
Marguerite
 
Marthe
 a neighbour
Méphistophélès
 the devil
Siébel
 a student of Dr Faust, in love with Marguerite
Valentin
 Marguerite's brother
Wagner
 a student of Dr Faust

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