BOITO, A.: Mefistofele (San Francisco Opera, 1989)



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Composer: Boito, Arrigo
Libretto/Text Author: Boito, Arrigo

Mefistofele: Ramey, Samuel

Set/Stage Designer: Levine, Michael
Costume Designer: Levine, Michael
Lighting Designer: Munn, Thomas J.
Choreographer: Poulin, Alphonse
Stage Director: Carsen, Robert
Television Producer: Horn, David
Television Director: Large, Brian

Date of Production: 1989
Venue: War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco
Playing Time: 02:40:00
Catalogue Number: 100415
UPC: 807280041590


Arrigo Boito's treatment of the Faust legend is imaginative yet also faithful to Goethe's original conception, and the score is memorable for its rich orchestral sounds, beautifully punctuated with lyrical passages and choral interludes.

Robert Carsen's sumptuous, post-modern production of Mefistofele is a gloriously decadent and theatrically stunning realisation, and the San Francisco Opera's performance has been unanimously acclaimed in both Paris and San Francisco.

Samuel Ramey, in the title role, has won both critical and overwhelming popular approval.

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