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Boito: Mefistofele / Abdrazakov, Vargas, Racette, Luisotti, San Francisco Opera

Release Date: 09/30/2014 
Label:  Euroarts   Catalog #: 59678  
Composer:  Arrigo Boito
Performer:  Erin JohnsonIldar AbdrazakovRamón VargasPatricia Racette,   ... 
Conductor:  Nicola Luisotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Opera OrchestraSan Francisco Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Length: 2 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Mefistofele is Italian composer Arrigo Boito’s (1842-1918) only successfully completed opera. Although never completely finding a home in the repertoire of the world’s opera houses, it is often revived in these same houses and received with affection as it contains a great deal of lovely music and the subject is endlessly fascinating. Boito’s fame rests firmly in the fact that he wrote the libretti for two of Verdi’s finest operatic efforts, Otello and Falstaff, Ponchielli’s La Gioconda, and, of course, his own and sole operatic work. This San Francisco Opera production of Mefistofele includes Ramón Vargas, a tenor "in
Read more ravishing voice" (Financial Times), as the philosopher who sells his soul to the Devil; the "luminous, compelling" Patricia Racette (Washington Post) as the woman he desires; and, in the vividly menacing title role, the "seductively malevolent" bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov, a "full-bodied bass-baritone" renowned for his "wonderfully evil portrayals" (The New York Times) Italian maestro Nicola Luisotti conducts the SF Opera Orchestra.

Arrigo Boito

Mefistofele - Ildar Abdrazakov
Margherita / Elena - Patricia Racette
Faust - Ramón Vargas
Marta - Erin Johnson
Wagner / Nereo - Chuanyue Wang

San Francisco Opera Dance Corps, Chorus and Orchestra
(chorus master: Ian Robertson)
Nicola Luisotti, conductor

Robert Carsen, stage director
Michael Levine, set and costume designer
Gary Marder, lighting designer
Alphonse Poulin, choreographer

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Korean
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: 140 mins
No. of DVDs: 2

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Works on This Recording

Mefistofele by Arrigo Boito
Performer:  Erin Johnson (Soprano), Ildar Abdrazakov (Bass), Ramón Vargas (Tenor),
Patricia Racette (Soprano), Chuanyue Wang (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nicola Luisotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Opera Orchestra,  San Francisco Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Italy 

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