Who’s Afraid of Opera?

Selling Your Soul at the Opera: The Faust Myth On Stage and In Song

A Deal with the Devil! Countless works of theater and opera (not to mention cinema) are steeped in the legend of Faust. He sold his soul, but for what? Either youth, wealth, power, glory, or knowledge, depending on who tells the story. Which also determines whether he goes to Heaven or Hell at the end. San Francisco Opera’s Dramaturg Emeritus Kip Cranna offers this video exploration (with English subtitles) of the rich and potent world of Faustian dramas. (Note: The Devil is not always a “He.”)

This series is presented in partnership with the Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert and is made possible by a generous gift from The Bartush Family Foundation.