Munich (dpa) – The southern city of Munich on Wednesday launched a festival dedicated to one of the most famous works of German literature, “Faust” by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The festival, which runs until July 29, is set to include some 500 events, including exhibitions, readings, theatre performances, operas, films, concerts and seminars.
The festival was officially opened on Wednesday evening under the concept of “‘Faust’ by all, for all,” without creative limitations. People were given the first insights into the festival programme at the “You are Faust. Goethe’s Daram in Art” exhibition at the Kunsthalle gallery.
The exhibition shows how artists have depicted the characters from Geothe’s drama over the years: the satanic Mephisto, the ever-seeking scientist Faust and the innocent Gretchen, seduced and ruined by Faust with Mephisto’s help.
The Bavarian State Opera is scheduled to stage Arrigo Boito’s opera “Mefistofele” from April 29, while the Munich Film Museum plans to screen various productions, including the classic “Faust: A German Folktale” by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau from 1926, or Istvan Szabo’s “Mephisto” from 1981.
The Residenztheater playhouse is staging a version of the drama directed by its manager, Martin Kusej, while the Kasperls Spuikastl puppet theatre has a puppet version on its programme.