Gounod's Faust, Act 1

Faust program from Kiev

Lev Sibiryakov as Mephistopheles

In Chapter 7, Woland appears to Stepa Likhodeev and says "Here I am!" This line, which was also considered by Bulgakov as a title for the whole novel, is a quotation from Gounod's Faust. In Act 1, Faust, in despair in his study, calls on Satan to appear.


Act 1: Faust's Study

Theatre National de l'Opera
dir. Andre Cluytens
The role of Faust is sung by Nikolai Gedda, that of Méphistophélès by Boris Christoff.

Faust: "Satan, come to me!"

Méphistophélès: "Here I am!


According to Bulgakov's sister Nadezhda, Mikhail kept a photo of the bass Sibiryakov on his desk! (Kiev Mikhaila Bulgakova, p. 147)