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At The Opera, Boito: Mefistofele, April 8, 2017

  

Mefistofele is an opera in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue, the only completed opera with music by the Italian composer-librettist Arrigo Boito (there are several completed operas for which he was librettist only). The opera was given its premiere on March 5, 1868 at La Scala, Milan under the baton of the composer, despite his lack of experience and skill as a conductor.

However, it was not a success and was immediately withdrawn after only two performances. Revisions in 1875 resulted in success in Bologna and, with further adjustments in 1876 for Venice, the opera was performed elsewhere.

 

Mefistofele – Cesare Siepi

Faust – Mario del Monaco

Margherita – Renata Tebaldi

Tullio Serafin – conductor

Decca 1959

Playlist

8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:11 p.m.
Arrigo Boito: Mefistofele BUY ; Tullio Serafin, conductor
11:00 p.m.
11:06 p.m.
various: Fritz Wunderlich Historical Recordings 1954-1965 BUY ; various, conductor
11:26 p.m.
Mozart: Don Giovanni: Act I Duet BUY from Cecilia & Bryn ~ Cecilia Bartoli duets Bryn Terfel; composed by Mozart
London/Decca 458928
11:36 p.m.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: MAGIC FLUTE: Papagena, Papagena, Papagena! K 620 BUY Academy of Saint Cecilia Orchestra; Myung Whun Chung, conductor Bryn Terfel, baritone; Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano; John Fisher, harpsichord
London/Decca 458928
11:38 p.m.
Wagner: Rienzi, der Letzte der Tribunen, opera, WWV 49: Allmacht'ger Vater, blick' herab BUY from Helen Traubel & Lauritz Melchior Sing Wagner; composed by Wagner
11:43 p.m.
Wagner: Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Einsam in trÃ1/4ben Tagen (Elsa's Dream) BUY from Helen Traubel & Lauritz Melchior Sing Wagner; composed by Wagner
11:50 p.m.
Wagner: Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Nun sei bedankt, mein lieber Schwan (Lohengrin's Arrival) BUY from Helen Traubel & Lauritz Melchior Sing Wagner; composed by Wagner


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