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Composer: Boito, Arrigo (1842-1918)

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Year of birth1842
Year of death1918
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February 2019
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MadridBryn Terfel

Wagner, Boito, Weill, Rodgers, Bock
Orquesta Titular del Teatro Real; Josep Caballé-Domenech; Sir Bryn Terfel


Boito: Mefistofele
Matthew Scott Rogers; Chelsea Opera Group; Vazgen Gazaryan; Elizabeth Llewellyn; Pablo Bemsch

StuttgartMefistofeleNew production

Boito: Mefistofele
Daniele Callegari; Àlex Ollé; Oper Stuttgart; Alfons Flores; Lluc Castells; Olga Busuioc; Gianluca Terranova
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Devil takes all in The Met's Mefistofele

Christian Van Horn (Mefistofele_ © Karen Almond | Metropolitan Opera
Mefistofele proves a mixed blessing: good meets evil, devils fight with angels, lovely lyricism alternates with bombast and second-rate material.
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Muti in his element in Italian opera excerpts

Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra © Todd Rosenberg
For the final week of the CSO season, Muti led a stirring program of operatic excerpts by Verdi, Puccini and Mascagni, along with a rarity by Boito.
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An infernal spectacular

Joseph Calleja (Faust), Chorus and Dancers © Wilfried Hösl | Bayerische Staatsoper
Bavarian State Opera celebrate the opening of the 2015/16 season with Arrigo Boito's opera Mefistofele
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Stairway to heaven: thrilling Mefistofele in Budapest

Act IV of Mefistofele © Zsófia Pályi
Rarely performed, Boito’s Mefistofele is an audacious, spectacular opera, needing an audacious, spectacular staging to do it justice. That’s exactly what it gets in Balázs Kovalik’s production for Hungarian State Opera.
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A cumbersome Mefistofele in Prague

Štefan Kocán (Mefistofele) © Hana Smejkalová
Despite some outstanding choral work, the State Opera's new production of Boito's popular take on the Faust legend falls short of its heavenly aspirations.
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