SF ballet troupe to perform at Spreckels
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By Jud Snyder  April 12, 2013 12:00 am



The San Francisco-based ballet company, Napoles Ballet, will be on stage in Spreckels Performing Arts Center this weekend. 

The 14-member company was formed and is led by its artistic director, Luis Napoles, Cuban-born dancer and formerly with the Oakland and Sacramento ballet companies. His wife, Annie Henry, is the company’s general manager.    

Highlight of the program will be Napoles’ vision of the Faust legend he calls “Fausto,” that dates back to Goethe’s time in the early 1800’s when Faust, a servant of God, sells his soul to Mephistopheles for earthly riches and contentment. 

The opera, written by French composer Charles Gounod (1818-1893), is still standard fare for opera companies worldwide.

The lead role of Faust will be danced by Carlos Molina, former member of the American Ballet Theater and the Boston Ballet company.

Performances of “Fausto” and two other works by Napoles and the dancers will be Saturday, April 13 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. 

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Call 588-3400 for reservations or in person Friday and Saturday afternoons from noon-5 p.m., or one hour before curtain times both days.


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