Broadcasts from the San Francisco Opera continue on Classical 90.5 at noon this Saturday, September 15, with a performance of Faust by Charles Gounod with a French libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré from Carré's play Faust et Marguerite, in turn loosely based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust, Part 1. This 2010 season encore performance will be sung in French and will run approximately three hours.

Gounod’s classic French Romantic masterpiece tells Goethe’s heartbreaking story of a forlorn philosopher who regains his youth by making a deal with the Devil. This ever-popular opera has been performed in 18 previous San Francisco Opera seasons and has featured such legends as Jussi Björling, Ezio Pinza, Licia Albanese, and Samuel Ramey.

Stefano Secco, making his debut as Faust, headlines the trio of leading characters. The Italian tenor made his San Francisco Opera concert debut in Verdi’s Requiem and later sang the role of Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Toronto native John Relyea returns to San Francisco Opera to sing Méphistophélès, a role he along performed at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Renowned American dramatic soprano Patricia Racette continues her more than 20-year relationship with San Francisco Opera as she returns to sing Marguerite, a role she has previously sung at Lyric Opera of Chicago and Opera Australia. A Merola Opera Program alumna and former Adler Fellow, mS. Racette has appeared in 28 mainstage productions with San Francisco Opera. Italian maestro Maurizio Benini conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

THE CAST
Faust: Stefano Secco
Méphistophélès: John Relyea
Marguerite: Patricia Racette
Wagner: Austin Kness
Siebel: Daniela Mack
Valentin: Brian Mulligan
Marthe: Catherine Cook