Marcelo Puente & Erin Wall Headline WNO’s ‘Faust’

By Francisco Salazar

The Washington National Opera is set to present Gounod’s “Faust”this March.

The work will star tenor Marcelo Puente in the title role. Puente makes his WNO debut alongside Erin Wall, who brings her acclaimed Marguerite to the company. American bass Raymond Aceto, who local audiences first saw in 2016’s Ring Cycle, takes on the role of Méphistophélès and Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins performs the role of Marguerite’s doomed brother Valentin. Rounding out the cast are current Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Samson McCrady as Wagner and former Young Artists Allegra De Vita as Siébel;  Deborah Nansteel plays Dame Marthe.

Keri-Lynn Wilson conducts Gounod’s beloved score in a production by Garnett Bruce. The creative team for the production will also feature set and costume designer Earl Staley (WNO debut) and lighting designer Michael Clark (WNO debut); the original lighting designer was Ken Billington.

Faust returns for six performances, March 16–30, 2019.