FAUST: Charles Gounod, 1859. Sentimental yet irresistible, this story of a fatal bargain with the Devil has proved to be one of the most popular operas ever written. Original commission from Surrey Opera. This is the full five-act version as presented at English National Opera – for completists I have also assembled the material from the original version with spoken dialogue. It was recorded for Chandos with Mary Plazas, Paul Charles Clarke and Alastair Miles.