March 03. 2018 - March 21. 2018

Upcoming Dates

March 03. 2018 - March 21. 2018

New Production Faust


Who doesn’t long to be young again? It happens for the aging philosopher Faust — he sells his soul to the devil and, in exchange, is transformed into a dashing young man. He falls in love with the innocent Marguerite, with disastrous consequences. Gounod’s masterpiece has been one of the world’s most popular operas for more than 150 years. You’ll know why when you hear the score, which simply bursts with memorable music. Marguerite’s Jewel Song, the Soldiers’ Chorus, the spectacular final trio — these and much more make Faust a sublime experience for young and old alike.

  • Language: Sung in French with projected English translations
  • Running Time: 3 hours, 40 minutes with 2 intermissions
  • Location: Lyric Opera House


by Charles Gounod

Warner Classics recording — Studer, Leech, Van Dam, Hampson, cond. Rizzi.
Musical excerpts provided through a generous arrangement with Warner Classics, Official Education and Promotion Music Provider for Lyric Opera of Chicago. 

“Salut, demeure chaste et pure”

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“O Dieu! que de bijoux!”

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“Alerte! Alerte!”

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by Charles Gounod

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

© 2017/18 Lyric Opera Commentaries Original sound recordings of musical excerpts used by permission of Warner Music Group. All rights reserved. Recording & Production services provided by Mark Travis.
A project of the Women’s Board


The aging scholar Faust believes he has wasted his life and longs to be young again. In a deal with Mephistopheles, Faust sells his soul to the devil and in return is transformed into a handsome young man. When he falls in love with the beautiful young Marguerite, he soon finds that having all that you desire comes with a price.

PLACE: Germany

Program book

Go inside this production of Faust with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete plot synopsis, artist bios, and more.

View Digital Program Book

Meet the artists

* Lyric Opera debut
** Ryan Opera Center alumnus

New Lyric coproduction of Gounod’s Faust generously made possible by

Liz Stiffel

Henry M. and Gilda R. Buchbinder

Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson

Ethel and William Gofen

Harris Family Foundation

Christian Van Horn's appearance generously sponsored by Lois B. Siegel.

Faust is a coproduction of Lyric Opera of Chicago and Portland Opera.

Photos: Cory Weaver