Arrigo Boito

23/02/2001 in Ghent - 08/03/2001 in Antwerp

  • Francesco Ellero d'Artegna
  • Carl Tanner
  • Susannah  Self
  • Jan  Carpentier
  • Musical direction: Donato Renzetti
  • Mefistofele: Francesco Ellero d'Artegna
  • Faust: Carl Tanner
  • Margherita/ Elena: Hasmik Papian
  • Marta/ Pantalis: Susannah Self
  • Wagner: Jan Carpentier

Of all the operas based on Goethe's Faust, Arrigi Boito's "Mefistofele" is most faithful to the original. It covers the entire breadth of Goethe's magnum opus, extending from Easter morning in Frankfurt to Faust's meeting with Helena in ancient Greece, and on to the scholar's heavenly vision.

Mefistofele, the diabolic character who is supposed to quench Faust's spiritual thirst, plays a central part in all this. Italian bel canto and Wagnerian drama make "Mefistofele" an ambitious literary opera avant la lettre.


Surtitles: Dutch.


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