Faust - Royal Opera House
Disillusioned with life, the aged philosopher Faust calls upon Satan to help him.
The devil Mephistopheles appears and strikes a bargain with him: he will give him youth and the love of the beautiful Marguerite, if Faust will hand over his soul.
Faust agrees, and Mephistopheles arranges matters so that Marguerite becomes infatuated with Faust who, however, soon abandons her.
Her brother Valentin returns from war and is furious to find his sister pregnant. Will Faust repent his destructive actions, and can his soul, and Marguerite's, be saved?
Gounod's Faust (1859) was one of the world's most popular operas from the 1860s to World War II.