from Act II of the French opera Faust
by Charles-François Gounod
Libretto: Jules Barbier
, the Devil
Voice Part: bass Fach: lyric bass
Setting: A celebration in a public square in a German city, 16th century
Synopsis: Appearing in the midst of a celebration by Valentin, Wagner, and their student friends, Mèphistophélès sings a song about greed and men's susceptibility to it. He finishes by singing that Satan is behind it all.