Mefistofele (2 CD)
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Mefistofele (2 CD)
Cesare Siepi (Artist), Mario Del Monaco (Artist), Renata Tebaldi (Artist), Arrigo Boito (Composer), Tullio Serafin (Conductor)
Audio CD (July 6, 2018)
Number of Discs: 2
Label: Urania Records
Arrigo Boitos Mefistofele is an opera in a prologue, four acts, and an epilogue, and is the only completed opera by the composer. While the opera wasnt initially considered a success, the present recording aimed to bring the masterwork to the twentieth century listener.
This production was recorded in 1957 in Rome with the Orchestra e Coro dellAccademia di Santa Cecilia and several stars of the twentieth century opera stage, including Cesare Siepi, Mario Del Monaco, Lucia Danieli, and more. Italian conductor Tullio Serafins numerous recordings testify consistently to his remarkable skills as an operatic conductor. Without exception they display a satisfying synthesis of the dramatic and lyrical, as well as respect for the singers involved.
He recorded extensively in the studio with Maria Callas for Walter Legge and EMI; these recordings have stood the test of time well. Notable among these performances are those of Bellinis I puritani and Norma, Puccinis Manon Lescaut and Turandot, Verdis Aida and La forza del destino, and the popular as well as powerful double bill of Mascagnis Cavalleria rusticana and Leoncavallos Pagliacci.
Mefistofele is the celebrated and only completed opera by Italian composer, Arrigo Boito, who famously collaborated with Verdi on the libretti for Otello and Falstaff.
This work is an opera in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue based on Goethe’s Faust. In this tale, Faust, a forlorn, aged philosopher, makes a disastrous deal with the the Devil—aka Mefistofele, the fallen angel—inthe sort of dubious arrangement now known as a "Faustian" bargain.
The Met’s production of this double bill was set in an unspecified space, visually inspired by the film noirs of the 1940s.
The Metropolitan Opera has presented the work a total of 67 times since it first appeared there on December 5,1883 and most recently during the Met’s 2018–19 season.
Premiered on March 5,1868 at La Scala, Milan.
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