Faust, a grand opera, based on Goethe’s play “Faust,” is being presented by the Annapolis Opera on March 18 and 20. It is one of the most popular operas in the standard repertoire. The Metropolitan Opera has presented it 753 times according to “Opera News.” Faust opened the Metropolitan Opera House in October 22, 1883, and for many years thereafter became the opera that began each season. It is the eighth most performed opera in the company’s history. The famous “Jewel Song” is sung by sopranos world-wide in auditions and concerts and baritones sing “The Calf of Gold.” The stirring “Soldiers Chorus,” and the haunting and beautiful trio and chorus at the end of the opera are a just a few of the reasons “Faust” remains one of the most adored operas in the world.
The opera is referenced in many novels, and Edith Wharton opens her novel “The Age of Innocence” as follows:
On a January evening of the early seventies, Christine Nilsson was singing Faust at the Academy of Music in New York.
One’s opera experience is not complete without seeing a production of FAUST.