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Watch: John Fulljames introduces A Faustian Pack

Programme includes two new works inspired by the Faust story: Luke Bedford’s Through His Teeth and Matthew Herbert’s The Crackle.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

21 March 2014 at 4.33pm | Comment on this article

Two new Royal Opera commissions will have their world premiere in the Linbury Studio Theatre this April as part of A Faustian Pack, a series that explores the fascination of the Faust legend.

‘Faust is the story of an educated person who makes a pact with the devil and exchanges his soul in return for unlimited knowledge,’ says John Fulljames. ‘This myth is so rich and complex, that it has inspired many different interpretations over history - there are more than 40 operas. A Faustian Pack is a set of projects that will re-interpret the Faust myth for today.’  Find out more from John Fulljames about the lure of the Faustian legend.

Rising star Luke Bedford has collaborated with Scottish playwright David Harrower to write Through His Teeth. Directed by Bijan Sheibani, the opera explores the psychological relationship between Faust and Mephistopheles through the story of a woman seduced by a charismatic conman. Look back at the development of Through His Teeth

In The Crackle, pioneering sound artist Matthew Herbert explores the Faustian myth in the context of a technological revolution. Incorporating new digital technologies into the music, including a data-sharing app called Chirp, he questions whether music itself can be a Faustian protagonist.

A Faustian Pack also includes David McVicar’s production of Gounod’s Faust on the main stage; an Insights event with prize-winning author Hilary Mantel; and a Faust-inspired performance by Street Stories. Author and poet Ruth Padel has joined rehearsals for all of the Faustian Pack operas as The Royal Opera's first Writer-in-Residence. Find out more about Ruth's role.

The Crackle runs from 5-12 April 2014. Tickets are still available.

Through His Teeth runs from 3-11 April 2014. Tickets are available. The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from The John S Cohen Foundation, the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, the Boltini Trust and the RVW Trust, with Research and Development generously supported by PRS for Music Foundation.

Faust runs from 4-25 April 2014. Some tickets are still available.

Find out more about A Faustian Pack.

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