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Mephistopheles


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(Gounod: Faust). Bass. The Devil, Satan, he offers Faust fulfilment of his desire for youthful pleasure, if Faust will help him in the underworld. Faust agrees and Méphistophélès leads him to meet Marguerite. She becomes pregnant, kills the baby, and is imprisoned. Méphistophélès helps Faust enter her cell but, recognizing the evil in Méphistophélès, she refuses to leave with them, and dies. Created (1859) by Emil Balanqué.

2 (Prokofiev: The Fiery Angel). Ten. Ruprecht meets him and Faust in an inn. Creators (1954/5) not known.

See also Mefistofele.

Subjects: Opera.


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