Ivan Magrì, Yannis Christopoulos, Irina Lungu Headline Greek National Opera’s New ‘Faust’

By Nicolas Quiroga

The Greek National Opera will present a revival of its 2012 production of “Faust” starting on April 6, 2022.

The production, which will take place at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, will be directed by Renato Zanella, an Italian choreographer, who was artistic director of the Vienna State Opera Ballet, and who will move the action of the famed Gounod opera to an old and empty conference room. There, against a background of wisely inscribed blackboards, Faust is tormented by fundamental questions about life, death, love, and success.

“My approach as a director moves away from both the supernatural and religious facets of the play to place humanity, in all its weakness, at the center of the action,” Zanella said in an official press statement.

Faust will be headlined by Ivan Magrì, Yannis Christopoulos, Irina Lungu, Vassiliki Karayanni, Yanni Yannissis, Tassos Apostolou, Petros Magoulas and Dionysios Sourbis, among others. Pierre Dumoussaud will conduct.

There will be a total of eight performances through April 17, 2022.