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Music Text

Libretto by Josef Karl Bernard (G,I)


3S,A,4T,2Bar,3B; chorus; ballet

Abbreviations (PDF)


Anton J. Benjamin / Simrock

This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.

World Premiere
Estates Theatre, Prague
Company: unknown


FAUST Baritone
HUGO Tenor
KUNIGUNDE, his fiancée Soprano
GULF, knight Bass
WAGNER and MOOR, Faust's comrades Tenor, Bass
RÖSCHEN, town girl Soprano
FRANZ, journeyman goldsmith Tenor
A squire of Hugo Speaking Role
A maid of Kunigunde Soprano
A voice Soprano
SYCORAX, leader of the witches Soprano
A guest Speaking Role
Time and Place

Strasbourg and Aachen, Middle Ages


Faust tells Mephistopheles that in the future he wants to do only good deeds and demands to see his faithful lover, Röschen. This does not prevent Mephistopheles from planning their next adventure. Not long afterwards, Faust finds himself in dire straits as he is persecuted by Röschen’s admirer, Franz, along with a group of villagers. Mephisto saves the two of them, but on the condition that Faust gives up his wedding plans. At the same time, Kunigunde is abducted by Gulf, a knight and Hugo, the bridegroom, is on his way to Gulf’s castle. While Röschen and Franz run after Faust and are hindered by Mephistopheles, Hugo sets Kunigunde free, with the help of Faust – who instantly falls in love with the bride. This passion does not fade even when he is an honorary guest at Hugo’s and Kunigunde’s wedding – and is still as strong when, as a consequence of one of Mephistopheles’ tricks, he runs into Röschen. Faust wants to seduce the bride and kills Hugo in a fight. Mephistopheles arranges a meeting between Faust, Röschen (who knows nothing of her rival yet) and Kunigunde (who has not yet been told of her husband’s fate) and everything is revealed …


Dramatic, Poetic, Romantic

Recommended Recording

Michael Vier/Eelco von Jordis/Bielefeld Opera Chorus/Eielefeld Philharmonic Orchestra/Geoffrey Moull
CPO 992472
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