Arrigo Boito

Biography

Born: February 24, 1842; Padua, Italy   Died: June 10, 1918; Milan, Italy  
Poet, novelist, and composer, Boito is known for the single opera he completed, Mefistofele. Like Rossini, who wrote three dozen operas by his mid-thirties and spent the next 40 years of his life unable or unwilling to complete another, Boito underwent some kind of crisis early, and worked for 54 years, unsuccessfully, at completing his second opera.

Arrigo Boito was born Enrico Boito in Padua, Italy, on February 24, 1842. His father was
Read more Silvestro Boito, a minor painter, and his mother was Josephine Radolinska, a Polish noblewoman. Silvestro abandoned the family while his son was still a small boy. When Enrico showed musical ability, his mother encouraged it, then, partly by telling her tale of poverty and desertion, managed to get him into the Milan Conservatory on scholarship. As a student at the Milan Conservatory, Boito was awarded a stipend after winning composition prizes that enabled him to travel and study abroad for two years. He took advantage of the prize to visit Poland, his mother's birthplace, as well as England, Germany, and France. He was much impressed during these sojourns with the dramatic power of the operas of Beethoven and especially of Wagner. Boito had a brilliant and wide-ranging mind, with a devouring appetite for classical literature. He changed his name to Arrigo about the time he received a scholarship for study in Paris. He wrote numerous cantatas, some operas, and other music, and he conceived plans for operas based on Nero and Goethe's Faust.

In 1868 he premiered his Mefistofele at La Scala. The highly literary and literate Boito also wrote the work's libretto. At its premiere performance (more than six hours long), a pious contingent, objecting to the thematic modernism of Boito's version of the Faust legend, demonstrated angrily. After the second performance was likewise ill-received, Boito withdrew the opera and undertook modifications to appease criticism. Mefistofele has become a staple of the repertoire, one of the most exciting and compelling of all operas. Later in life he came close to completing another opera, Nerone. The conductor Toscanini championed the work, but it has not found a secure foothold in the repertory. Dry as his font of musical inspiration became, Boito nevertheless retained his literary powers in full. He wrote librettos for Ponchielli's La Gioconda and for Verdi's great late-life Shakespearean operas, Falstaff and Othello. Boito's poetry has never fallen out of favor, and his letters reveal unusual gifts as well. Seldom, if ever, has anyone else secured a seemingly imperishable niche in musical history with so little output. Read less
Boito: Mefistofele / Wellber, Pape, Calleja, Bayerisches Staatsorchester
Release Date: 11/18/2016   Label: C Major  
Catalog: 739208   Number of Discs: 1
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Boito: Mefistofele / Ramey, Benacková, San Francisco Opera
Release Date: 07/31/2001   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 24   Number of Discs: 1
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Boito: Mefistofele / Wellber, Pape, Calleja, Bayerisches Staatsorchester [Blu-ray]
Release Date: 11/18/2016   Label: C Major  
Catalog: 739304   Number of Discs: 1
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    Boito: Mefistofele / Wellber, Pape, Calleja, Bayerisches Staatsorchester
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 739208 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arrigo Boito
    Performer:  Joseph Calleja,  Rene Pepe,  Kristine Opolais,  Heike Grötzinger  ... 
    Conductor:  Omer Meir Wellber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayerisches Staatsorchester
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    Boito: Mefistofele / Wellber, Pape, Calleja, Bayerisches Staatsorchester [Blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 739304 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arrigo Boito
    Performer:  Joshua Owen Mills,  Rachael Wilson,  Andrea Borghini,  Karine Babajanyan  ... 
    Conductor:  Omer Meir Wellber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayerisches Staatsorchester
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    Verismo / Netrebko (Chopard Deluxe Edition) [CD + DVD]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002562980 Release Date: 09/30/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Cilča,  Umberto Giordano,  Giacomo Puccini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Netrebko
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
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    Verismo / Netrebko (Deluxe Edition) [CD + DVD]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002561400 Release Date: 09/30/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Francesco Cilča,  Umberto Giordano,  Giacomo Puccini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Netrebko
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
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    Verismo / Netrebko
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002528902 Release Date: 09/02/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Cilča,  Umberto Giordano,  Giacomo Puccini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Netrebko
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
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    Boito: Mefistofele / Ramey, Muti, Teatro alla Scala
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985334942 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arrigo Boito
    Performer:  Michele Crider,  Vincenzo La Scola,  Samuel Ramey
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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    Boito: Mefistofele / Neri, Questa, RAI Torino
    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: 290 Release Date: 07/29/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arrigo Boito
    Performer:  Disma De Cecco,  Armando Benzi,  Ferruccio Tagliavini,  Ebe Ticozzi  ... 
    Conductor:  Angelo Questa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turin Teatro Regio Chorus,  Turin Teatro Regio Orchestra
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    Crescendo / Secco, Orbelian, Kaunas City Symphony
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3482 Release Date: 07/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Georges Bizet,  Jacques Halévy  ... 
    Performer:  Stefano Secco
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra,  Kaunas State Choir
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  • 9.
    The Complete Studio Recitals
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556097 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Giacomo Puccini,  Francesco Cilča  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  John Lanigan,  Joseph Rouleau,  Duncan Robertson  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Basile,  Tullio Serafin,  Nicola Rescigno,  Georges Prętre  ... 
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    Decca Sound: 55 Great Vocal Recitals
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002495002 Release Date: 05/20/2016   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Gustave Charpentier,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jules Massenet,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Suzanne Danco,  Pierre Mollet,  Guido Agosti,  Gervase de Peyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede,  Ernest Ansermet,  Karl Böhm,  Rudolf Moralt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra  ... 
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    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lorin Maazel,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amadeus Quartet,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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    Tarrega: Guitar Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94336 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Francisco Tarrega,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Giulio Tampalini
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  • 13.
    Boito: Mefistofele / Ramey, Benackova, San Francisco Opera
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109147 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arrigo Boito
    Performer:  Gabriela Benacková,  Samuel Ramey,  Dennis O'Neill
    Conductor:  Maurizio Arena
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Opera Orchestra,  San Francisco Opera Chorus
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    Boito: Mefistofele / Ramey, Benackova, San Francisco Opera [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109148 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arrigo Boito
    Performer:  Gabriela Benacková,  Samuel Ramey,  Dennis O'Neill
    Conductor:  Maurizio Arena
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Opera Orchestra,  San Francisco Opera Chorus
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    The Age of Puccini / Jonas Kaufmann
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002359802 Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Riccardo Zandonai,  Umberto Giordano,  Francesco Cilča,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann,  Rosa Feola,  Cristina Reale,  Eva-Maria Westbroek  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano,  Marco Armiliato
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Milan Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra,  Milan Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Chorus  ... 
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    Voce D'Angelo - The Complete Decca Recordings / Renata Tebaldi
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4781535 Release Date: 01/20/2015   Number of Discs: 66
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Umberto Giordano,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Performer:  Giovanni Inghilleri,  Giacinto Prandelli,  Melchiorre Luise,  Fernando Corena  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede,  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni,  Tullio Serafin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 17.
    Operatic Recitals By Giuseppe Campora & Gianni Poggi
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002177602 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Umberto Giordano,  Arrigo Boito  ... 
    Performer:  Giuseppe Campora,  Gianni Poggi,  Gino Penno,  Giacinto Prandelli
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede,  Antonio Narducci
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Chorus
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  • 18.
    Schumann, Wolf, Debussy, Poulenc: Song Recital / Regine Crespin
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002177502 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Hugo Wolf,  Claude Debussy,  Francis Poulenc  ... 
    Performer:  Régine Crespin,  John Wustman
    Conductor:  Edward Downes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Boito: Mefistofele / Abdrazakov, Vargas, Racette, Luisotti, San Francisco Opera
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 59678 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arrigo Boito
    Performer:  Patricia Racette,  Ramón Vargas,  Ildar Abdrazakov,  Erin Johnson  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicola Luisotti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Opera Orchestra,  San Francisco Opera Chorus
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  • 20.
    Boito: Mefistofele / Abdrazakov, Vargas, Racette, Luisotti, San Francisco Opera [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 59674 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arrigo Boito
    Performer:  Erin Johnson,  Ildar Abdrazakov,  Ramón Vargas,  Patricia Racette  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicola Luisotti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Opera Orchestra,  San Francisco Opera Chorus
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  • 21.
    50 Great Arias / Jonas Kaufmann
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002153502 Release Date: 09/23/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet,  Friedrich von Flotow,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann,  Jana Sibera,  Michael Volle,  Margarete Joswig  ... 
    Conductor:  Marco Armiliato,  Claudio Abbado,  Donald Runnicles,  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra,  Mahler Chamber Orchestra,  Parma Teatro Regio Chorus  ... 
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  • 22.
    Maria Callas Remastered - Complete Studio Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 633991 Release Date: 09/23/2014   Number of Discs: 70
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Richard Wagner,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Gianni Poggi,  Fedora Barbieri,  Paolo Silveri  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Basile,  Antonino Votto,  Gabriele Santini,  Tullio Serafin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin,  Italian Radio Chorus Turin,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    Maria Meneghini Callas Sings Operatic Arias
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 634013 Release Date: 09/23/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Cilča,  Umberto Giordano,  Alfredo Catalani,  Arrigo Boito  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Angela Gheorghiu: 3 Classic Albums
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002131302 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jules Massenet,  Alfredo Catalani,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Daniela Vendemiati,  Giuseppe Crott,  Malcolm Martineau
    Conductor:  John Mauceri,  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turin Teatro Regio Chorus,  Turin Teatro Regio Orchestra,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
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  • 25.
    Luciano Pavarotti Edition 1 - The First Decade
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002051802 Release Date: 05/19/2014   Number of Discs: 28
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Josephine Veasey,  Cornelius Opthof  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge,  Lamberto Gardelli,  Zubin Mehta,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra  ... 
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