• Charles Gounod
  • October 2023
  • Gaiety Theatre, Dublin



A trade with the Devil. The ageing Faust sells his soul for another lifetime in which to live and love. But the Devil always wins. Marguerite, the object of Faust’s desire, is borne to heaven. Faust’s destiny is Hell.

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Gounod’s 1859 opera is a pearl of the 19th-century French repertoire, from a time when the Opéra in Paris insisted on lavish, spectacular productions. Among its most famous moments are the evergreen Jewel Song and the Soldiers’ Chorus.

Jack Furness (“brilliant and bold,” The Guardian) directs one of the world’s most manipulative love stories, with the prize-winning young American tenor Duke Kim in the title role, and riveting Irish soprano Jennifer Davis as Marguerite.

Running time 3 hours and 20 minutes including interval after Act III.

Sung in French with English surtitles.

Faust… In Focus
A free online introduction to the opera by Michael Lee.
Thursday 28 September 7pm.

Join the conversation online with #INOFaust

Faust is part of the Dublin Theatre Festival.


“Best of all was Duke Kim. The young singer possesses a vibrant high tenor . . . His singing throughout was terrific—unerringly rich in tone and expressively detailed . . .” - Chicago Classical Review
“Few things in theatre are more exciting than watching a star being born, and the big-bang roar that greeted Jennifer Davis’s curtain call after her debut as Lohengrin’s beloved Elsa was one such magic moment.” - The Telegraph
“formidable . . . both physically and vocally, quick to anger but also able to channel that intensity into strategic, cool-headed composure.” - Opera, on bass-baritone Nicholas Brownlee
“Elaine Kelly is a discovery, tracing the musical lines with exactitude.” - Los Angeles Times

Cast and Creative Team


Duke Kim Faust
Nick Dunning Faust (old)
Nicholas Brownlee Méphistophélès
Jennifer Davis Marguerite
Gyula Nagy Valentin
Mark Nathan Wagner
Gemma Ní Bhriain Siébel
Colette McGahon Marthe Schwerlein
Irish National Opera Orchestra
Irish National Opera Chorus

Creative Team

Elaine Kelly Conductor
Jack Furness Director
Francis O'Connor Set & Costume Designer
Sarah Jane Shiels Lighting Designer
David Bolger Choreographer
Aoife O'Sullivan Répétiteur
Caroline Moreau Language Coach
John King Assistant Director
Richard McGrath Chorus Director