Originally written for the Théâtre Lyrique with spoken dialogue, Gounod’s opera in five acts later included recitative and a ballet, thus becoming one of the most popular operas based on the Faust legend. Jules Barbier and Michel Carré wrote the libretto, based on Carré’s Faust et Marguerite and Nerval’s French translation of Goethe’s Faust. The opera contains five acts and concludes with the salvation of Marguerite. Wagner and Debussy would later criticize Gounod’s opera because the setting transforms Faust into an operatic lover instead of focusing on the protagonist’s attributes as a thinker and seeker of knowledge.
via Naxos Music Library.