Boito's Mefistofele

Philipp Himmelmann (stage director), Stefan Soltesz (music director) – With Erwin Schrott (Mefistofele), Charles Castronovo (Faust)...

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Philipp Himmelmann — Stage director
Johannes Leiacker — Set designer
Gesine Völlm — Costume designer
Bernd Purkrabek — Lighting designer
Martin Eidenberger — Video designer
Erwin Schrott — Mefistofele
Angel Joy Blue — Elena
Jana Kurucová — Marta
Bror Magnus Tødenes — Wagner
Luciana Mancini — Pantalis
Rudolf Schasching — Nereo
Philharmonia Chor Wien
Walter Zeh — Chorus director
Cantus Juvenum Karlsruhe

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Presented at Baden-Baden’s Pentecost Festival, this production of Boito’s Mefistofele captured the hearts of both audiences and critics—a rare feat! The success was unmistakably due in great part to the presence of Erwin Schrott—already celebrated for his performance as a seductive, witty, and diabolical Mephistopheles in Gounod’s Faust. The masterfully subtle Charles Castronovo incarnates the disillusioned philosopher Faust, who makes a deal with the devil. Philipp Himmelmann’s staging combines simple elements (a stage curtain made of silvery filaments and a giant protean skull) to incredible effect to tell the story of Goethe’s Faust.

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Directed by:
Nele Münchmeyer
Venue: Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (Baden-Baden, Germany)
Production date: 2016
Duration: 2 h 21 min
Production: SWR, EUROARTS in co-operation with ARTE
Available subtitle(s): EN, FR
Resolution: Full HD