The opera Faust was French-born and is a distant relative of the German poet Goethe – but at its heart it is a true-blue piece of Victoriana, embracing all the melodramatic mushiness of that period (a deep fondness for diabolical happenings, with Old Nick seducing young virgins, being particularly popular).
As a result, Gounod’s most famous work (with the possible exception of his version of Ave Maria) perfectly suited the Everyman Theatre, a gift of...
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