Boito's Mefistofele

Robert Carsen (stage director), Maurizio Arena (conductor) – With Samuel Ramey (Mefistofele), Gabriela Benackova (Margherita and Elena) – San Francisco Opera

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Robert Carsen — Stage director

Michael Levine — Set designer

Thomas J. Munn — Lighting

Jennifer Green — Costumes

Samuel Ramey — Mefistofele

Gabriela Beňačková — Margherita and Elena

Dennis O'Neill — Faust

Judith Christin — Marta

Emily Manhart — Pantalis

Daniel Harper — Wagner

Douglas Wunsch — Nereo

San Francisco Opera Orchestra

Maurizio Arena — Conductor

Program notes

Inspired by the Faust legend, Arrigo Boito's Mefistofele is an imaginative work which is also faithful to Goethe's original conception.

The opera premiered in 1868 at La Scala, Milan. It is characterized by its rich orchestral sounds, beautifully punctuated with lyrical passages and choral interludes. Robert Calsen's staging sublimes that work with a post-modern production, both theatrically stunning and profundly decadent.

The performance has been unanimously acclaimed in San Francisco and Paris, and Samuel Ramey, the title role, has won both critical and popular approval.

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