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A marching band perfroms before the introduction of Pope Francis at St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesday in Vatican City.
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March 14, 2013 The composer of Faust also wrote music fit for a pope. Wednesday, before the introduction of Pope Francis, a marching band played opera composer Charles Gounod's Pontifical March. Hear the stately, serene Vatican anthem.
Marguerite (Maureen O'Flynn) confesses that she loves Faust (James Valenti), with no idea that he has sold his soul to the devil.
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September 10, 2010 Though it's Faust who sold his soul to the devil, the innocent Marguerite takes the fall in this classic story dating back to the 1400s. Hear the entire opera and follow along with the libretto in this production from Opera Carolina.
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Ramon (baritone Alain Verhnes) is unhappy that his daughter Mireille (soprano Inva Mula) has fallen in love with a man beneath their social status.
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April 2, 2010 Back in the mid-19th century, Provence, in southern France, was still a rather exotic locale, with its own language. That's where Gounod set his opera Mireille, the tragic tale of a young woman who falls for a man far below her station.
January 2, 2009 The legendary deal with the devil comes to life, as the brilliant soprano Angela Gheorghiu stars as Marguerite in the Vienna State Opera's production of Gounod's Faust, with tenor Roberto Alagna in the title role.
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January 16, 2008 This week, the Atlanta Symphony Hall at the Woodruff Arts Center in Georgia hosts From the Top's young musicians, including the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra performing Wagner, a 17-year-old violinist playing a graceful rag by William Bolcom, and a talented teen tenor singing Gounod. This segment originally aired on May 2, 2007.
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November 9, 2007 The striking Georgian soprano Tamar Iveri stars as Marguerite in Houston Grand Opera's production of Gounod's Faust, alongside celebrated bass Samuel Ramey in one of his trademark roles as Mephistopheles, and tenor William Burden in the title role.
March 9, 2007 Houston Grand Opera presents one of music's greatest rarities — a successful opera based on Shakespeare. It's Charles Gounod's Romeo and Juliet, in a production starring soprano Ana Maria Martinez and tenor Ramon Vargas in the title roles.
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February 14, 2003 Romeo and Juliet's love story has inspired composers throughout the ages. On this Valentine's Day, commentator Miles Hoffman takes NPR's Bob Edwards on a romantic journey through the music influenced by Shakespeare's tragic couple.
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