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January 1970

Opera in five acts (1859)
Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Faust I
Orchestral version by Leonard Eröd
In French language with German surtitles
New production of the Theater an der Wien in the Kammeroper


The scholar Faust is tired of the fruitless pursuit of knowledge. In his despair he conjures up the devil, who promptly appears in the form of Mephisto and conjures up the image of the beautiful Margarethe for him. He promises Faust to rejuvenate him and lead him to the girl when he prescribes his soul. Faust agrees without hesitation. Mephisto then brings Faust to a feast where soldiers, including Valentin, celebrate their farewell and he has to go to war. He recommends the protection of his friend Siebel to his sister Margarethe. Mephisto plays his great jokes. When he lets Margarethe live in public, Valentin harasses him with a sword. Meanwhile, Faust has courted Margarethe in vain, but, overwhelmed by her appearance, has burned in love with her. The shy Siebel, who also loves Margarethe, wants to bring her flowers, which, devilishly bewitched, wither away. Instead, Mephisto puts precious jewellery in front of Margarethe's door. Faust has also left an enormous impression on her. Her neighbour advises her to keep the jewellery. Now is the time for Faust. Mephisto lures the chatty neighbour away and leaves Faust alone with the young girl. The two confess their love to each other and Margarethe secretly lets Faust in her house. This has consequences: Margarethe gets pregnant and Faust leaves her. In church, Margarethe begs unsuccessfully for forgiveness for her sins. Meanwhile the soldiers return home. Disturbed by Siebel's strange reports, Valentin Faust demands a duel, from which he, guided by Mephisto, emerges victorious. Dying, Valentin curses his sister. Finally, Faust wants to see the girl who murdered her child in mental confusion, was sentenced to death for it and is now in prison. Full of regret, he tries to persuade Margarethe to flee with him. But since she recognizes the devil in Mephisto and sees Valentine's blood in Faust's hands, she shudders away from them. Mephisto wants to triumph, but angels carry the lifeless to heaven and announce their salvation. 

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Theater an der Wien

About the Theater an der Wien

The New Opera House is not just any theatre, but the one that Emanuel Schikaneder, the all-round genius, actor, impresario with a flair for organization but above all librettist of The Magic Flute, had built in 1801 in Vienna in keeping with the spirit of Mozart.

To coincide with the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth the Theater an der Wien presents itself as a new opera house from January 2006. As a “season” opera house with productions all the year round the Theater an der Wien carves a new and independent niche in the realm of high-quality culture in Vienna. For twelve months of the year, with one premiere every month, opera will be performed under the “stagione”, or season, system: that means the cast remains unchanged from the first performance to the last one, which guarantees that the very highest international standards are maintained.

The theatre’s modern, accessible approach to music theatre as demonstrated by the works performed, the overall artistic concept Bespielung and the artistes is further underlined by the building itself, its architecture and the vibrancy of its location. The surroundings and materials, the intimate atmosphere and perfect acoustics in the historical theatre prepare the senses to experience beauty. The Theater an der Wien deliberately enters into a symbiotic relationship with its lively surroundings on the Naschmarkt street market and the young cultural scene centred in the Schleifmühl quarter.

How to get there

With public transport:

We can be reached by public transport: 

U1, U2 und U4 Station Karlsplatz, Exit Secession
Bus 59A Station Bärenmühldurchgang
Bus 57A Station Laimgrubengasse, pedestrians via Laimgrubengasse to Linke Wienzeile

Fleischmarkt 24, 1010 Wien

We can be reached by public transport:
U1, U4: Station Schwedenplatz
Tram Linie D (bei Ablenukung über Kai), 1, 2: Station Schwedenplatz
Bus 3A (on workdays)

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