About this Recording
100414 - BOITO: Mefistofele (San Francisco Opera, 1989) (PAL)

Arrigo BOITO (1842-1918)
Opera in Four Acts - Sung in Italian

Samuel Ramey, Gabriela Beoaekova, Dennis O'Neill, Judith Christin, Emily Manhart, Daniel Harper, Douglas Wunsch

San Francisco Opera - Maurizio Arena

Musical Director: Maurizio Arena
Stage Director: Robert Carsen

PAL 100 414

Running Time: 160 minutes
Picture Format: 4:3
Sound: PCM Stereo
Region Code: 2, 5
Menu Languages: GB, D, F SP
Subtitles: GB, D, F SP, I
Recording Date: 1989

"...the whole affair breathes a sensitivity to the music and to Boito's intentions that is rare on the operatic stage with any style of production." New York Times

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.

"Ramey is perfect in the role of Mefistofele. A powerful bass and compelling presence make him unforgettable." San Francisco Bay Guardian

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