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Boito: Mefistofele / Wellber, Pape, Calleja, Bayerisches Staatsorchester [Blu-ray]

Release Date: 11/18/2016 
Label:  C Major   Catalog #: 739304  
Composer:  Arrigo Boito
Performer:  Joshua Owen MillsRachael WilsonAndrea BorghiniKarine Babajanyan,   ... 
Conductor:  Omer Meir Wellber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayerisches Staatsorchester
Number of Discs: 1 
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Best-known today as the librettist of Verdi’s final Shakespearean masterpieces, Otello and Falstaff, the multitalented Arrigo Boito was also a fine composer in his own right. Hugely ambitious in scope, and some 20 years in the making, his first (and only completed) opera, Mefistofele, sets out to encompass nothing less than the whole of Goethe’s vast poetic drama Faust (parts I and II), and is considered the very central work of his phase between Verdi and Puccini. Making his debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper, director
Read more Roland Schwab (a protégé of the legendary Ruth Berghaus) plays devil’s advocate by setting the opera in a nightmarish atmosphere. The exceptional cast features Rene Pape, Joseph Calleja, Kristine Opolais, and Karine Babajanyan. “[Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais’s Margherita] shines with understated Grace Kelly elegance” (Opera Today). “[Conductor Omer Meir Wellber “holds all the musical textures together with admirable control” (BR Klassik).
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Mefistofele by Arrigo Boito
Performer:  Joshua Owen Mills (Tenor), Rachael Wilson (Mezzo Soprano), Andrea Borghini (Baritone),
Karine Babajanyan (Soprano), Heike Grötzinger (Mezzo Soprano), Kristine Opolais (Soprano),
Rene Pepe (Bass), Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
Conductor:  Omer Meir Wellber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayerisches Staatsorchester
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Italy 

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