José Luis Moscovich

General Director

62nd Season  2017-18



by Charles Gounod

Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré


World Premiere:  March 19, 1859 - Théâtre Lyrique - Paris,France

West Bay Opera Premiere:  February 14, 1964


Sung in French with English titles



Friday, May 22, 2015 - 8:00 p.m

Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 2:00 p.m

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 8:00 p.m

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 2:00 p.m

at the


Lucie Stern Theatre

1305 Middlefield Road

Palo Alto, California



(highlights of the opera) with piano

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 8:00 p.m





450 Bryant Street

Palo Alto, California

Loosely based on the Goethe play, Gounod’s quintessential French grand opera, Faust, was initially rejected for production at the Paris Opera because it wasn’t "grand" enough.  The opera, with its profusion of catchy tunes and  show-stopping arias, eventually became the most performed work at that house and others around the world.  We present it in a new production, set in a dystopian future as conceived by highly acclaimed Mexican stage director Ragnar Conde (Samson et Dalila, Les contes d'Hoffmann), with elaborate sets and costumes and with full chorus and orchestra. The top-notch cast includes bass Kevin Thompson (the sensational Osmin in our Abduction from the Seraglio), tenor James Callon (Manrico in Il trovatore), dramatic mezzo-soprano Patrice Houston (Azucena in Il trovatore) and the WBO debut of soprano Elizabeth Zharoff as Marguerite.  See the Cast page for full details.

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