This lush drama by Gounod is surely the most popular musical representation of the immortal story of Faust, a man who confronts both the devil incarnate and the hellish consequences of his own weakness.
On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Gounod's Faust from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in London. Opera aficionados may recall the production from arts columns and insider gossip. It's the show that was to have featured superstar soprano Anna Netrebko, who withdrew at the last minute. As you'll hear, the Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva was a more than able replacement as Marguerite, alongside bass-baritone Bryn Terfel as Méphilsophélès, and tenor Joseph Calleja in the title role.
Faust: Joseph Calleja (tenor)
Marguerite: Sonya Yoncheva (soprano)
Méphistophélès: Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)
Valentin: Simon Keenlyside (baritone)
Siébel: Renata Pokupic (mezzo-soprano)
Wagner: Jihoon Kim (baritone)
Marthe: Diana Montague (mezzo-soprano)
Royal Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Maurizio Benini, conductor