Mefistofele (DVD)

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Mefistofele (DVD)
Composer: Arrigo Boito
Release Date: 9/25/15
Samuel Ramey
Gabriela Benackova
Dennis O’Neill
Judith Christin
Maurizio Arena
Robert Carsen
Orchestra: Orchestra Chorus of the San Francisco Opera




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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