Food for the Soul: Menu 4


“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” 

Mark 8:36 KJV


“Doctor Faustus, who sells his soul to the demon Mephistopheles in return for worldly knowledge and pleasure, has been treated as a metaphor for unholy political pacts….Why does this 500-year-old folk legend resonate in times of crisis, and why does it continue to haunt the western imagination?”

Benjamin Ramm for BBC Culture, September 2017


Countless works of literature, art, theater and music draw on the theme of the Devil’s Bargain. The Faust story is a cautionary tale. It provokes us to look at ourselves and consider a sea of human foibles, pitfalls, desires, ethics, and corruption. Artists have led the way in reflection. In today’s political climate the legend is as relevant as ever. This will be an opportunity to see how works of art may help us understand world events. Opera Omaha’s upcoming production of Gounod’s Faust will  a great final destination.

The 1st course of this menu will begin with a sampling of historical and contemporary versions of the Faustian themes. From Christopher Marlowe, Goethe and Thomas Mann to The Simpson’s, Rolling Stones and Queen, this story has been an extraordinary vehicle for artists to make us think. The 2nd course will bring an insider’s view from Kelley Rourke, Dramaturg and Translator of Opera Omaha’s Faust production by Lileana Blain-Cruz. Our menu concludes at the Orpheum Theater when Opera Omaha premiers its new production of Charles Gounod’s opera version of Faust on April 12.

Please join us for our final Menu of the season.


1st Course: Menu 4 – Discover with Hal France: Gounod’s Faust

Monday April 1, 2019 • 6:00 – 8:00pm • Omaha Conservatory of Music | 7023 Cass Street, Omaha NE 68132

2nd Course: Menu 4 – Interview with Dramaturg, Kelley Rourke

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 • 12:00pm • Omaha Conservatory of Music | 7023 Cass Street, Omaha NE 68132

3rd Course: Menu 4 – Experience Opera Omaha's One Festival, Gounod’s FaustConductor, Steven White and Stage Director, Lileana Blain-Cruz

Friday, April 12, 2019 7:30pm  • Orpheum Theater | 409 S 16th Street, Omaha NE 68102

Purchasing Options

You may purchase the entire SERIES, individual MENUS or individual COURSES. If you already have tickets to the live performance, you can customize your selection to by-pass the performance or 3rd Course.​