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Enjoy The Met's Production of Faust From the City of Trees

Wednesday, Jan. 11


OK, so you've sold your soul to the devil in exchange for another shot at youth and passion, gotten your lover pregnant, inadvertently killed her brother, and now she's headed for the gallows—what could you possibly do to lift your spirits before you're subjected to the never-ending torment of hell? Why, you could sing about it, of course.

It's what the characters in Charles Gounod's famous opera Faust have been doing for more than a century, and now Boise audiences have a chance to see some of the best vocalists in the world perform the opera.

Edwards 9 will host an encore presentation of The Metropolitan Opera's performance of Faust on Wednesday, Jan. 11. The performance—which runs roughly four and a half hours—features Jonas Kaufmann as Faust, Rene Pape as the devil and Marina Poplavskaya as Marguerite. The production is directed by Des McAnuff and conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin.

The opera will be shown at theaters across the country, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in every time zone. Considering the length of the performance, that means opera lovers across the United States can all share a single operatic moment. Some people would sell their souls for that opportunity ... which might inspire a whole new opera.