Faust was premiered in Paris in 1859, first to rejection and then (after some chopping and changing) to acclaim.
It has gone in and out of favour down the years, and seems to have fallen from its pedestal somewhat in recent times – though the Met in New York has always been a loyal fan.
However, its rich, sweet melodies and Victorian-like plot – the seduction of a peasant girl by a lubricious gentleman in league...
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