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Composer: Boito, Arrigo (1842-1918)

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Year of birth1842
Year of death1918
April 2018
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Boito: Mefistofele
Omer Welber; Roland Schwab; Bavarian State Opera; Piero Vinciguerra; Renée Listerdal; Carmen Giannattasio; Joseph Calleja

MadridBryn Terfel

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


Boito: Mefistofele
Marco Guidarini; Ivan Krejčí; Prague National Theatre Opera; Milan David; Marta Roszkopfová; Petra Šimková-Alvarez; Alžběta Poláčková

MilanCherubini, Boito

Cherubini, Boito
Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi; Claus Peter Flor; Symphonic Choir of Milan Giuseppe Verdi; Dimitry Ivashchenko

LyonMefistofeleNew production

Boito: Mefistofele
Daniele Rustioni; Àlex Ollé; Opéra de Lyon; Alfons Flores; Lluc Castells; John Relyea; Evgenia Muraveva
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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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Strongly cast Mefistofele opens San Francisco Opera's season

Ildar Abdrazakov (Mefistofele) and the San Francisco Opera Chorus  ©  Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera
The 91st season of the San Francisco Opera opened with a revival of Arrigo Boito’s Mefistofele in Robert Carsen’s well-traveled production. The staging extends Shakespeare’s metaphor: if the whole world’s a stage, then heaven, quite naturally, must be an opera house.
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