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Boito's Mefistofele

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

Boito's Mefistofele Maurizio Arena, Robert Carsen – Samuel Ramey (Mefistofele), Gabriela Benackova (Margherita and Elena) – San Francisco Opera

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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.

Casting

  • Robert Carsen | Stage director
  • Michael Levine | Set designer
  • Thomas J. Munn | Lighting
  • Jennifer Green | Costumes
  • Samuel Ramey | Mefistofele
  • Gabriela Benackova | 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

  • Arrigo Boito, Mefistofele
    • Prologue
    • Act I, scene 1
    • Act I, scene 2
    • Act II, scene 1
    • Act II, scene 2
    • Act III
    • Act IV
    • Epilogue

Details

  • Directed by:
    • Brian Large
  • Venue: San Francisco Opera (San Francisco, California, USA)
  • Production date: 1989
  • Duration: 2 h 39 min
  • Production: © RM Arts and San Francisco Opera
  • Available version(s): EN
  • Available subtitle(s) : EN, FR
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