Boito's 'Mefistofele' From Munich

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Boito's 'Mefistofele' in a production by the Bavarian State Opera from the National Theater in Munich. Boito's 'Mefistofele" in a production by the Bavarian State Opera from the National Theater in Munich. (Charles Tandy)
Operavore

Arrigo Boito is best known by far as one of Verdi's favorite librettists; he wrote the texts for "Otello" and "Falstaff." Yet, Boito was also an accomplished composer in his own right and "Mefistofele," based on Goethe's "Faust," is far and away his most successful opera.

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents "Mefistofele" in a production by the Bavarian State Opera from the National Theater in Munich. Bass René Pape stars in the title role, with tenor Joseph Calleja as Faust, and soprano Kristine Opolais as Margherita.

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Cast:

Mefistofele: René Pape (bass)
Faust: Joseph Calleja (tenor)
Margherita: Kristine Opolais (soprano)
Marta: Heike Grötzinger (mezzo-soprano)
Wagner: Andrea Borghini (tenor)
Helen of Troy: Karine Babajanyan (soprano)
Pantalis: Rachael Wilson (mezzo-soprano)
Neréo: Joshua Owen Mills (tenor)

Bavarian State Orchestra
Bavarian State Opera Chorus and Children's Chorus
Omer Meir Wellber, conductor

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