M1500 .B7 M4 2000z DVD
Opera in four acts. Music by Arrigo Boito.
Arrigo Boito's treatment of the Faust legend is imaginative, yet also faithful to Goethe's original conception, and the score is memorable for its rich orchestral sounds, beautifully punctuated with lyrical passages and choral interludes.
Robert Carsen's sumptuous, post-modern production of Mefistofele is a gloriously decadent and theatrically stunning realization, and the San Francisco Opera's performance has been unanimously acclaimed in both Paris and San Francisco.
Samuel Ramey, in the title role, has won both critical and overwhelming popular approval.
Performers: Samuel Ramey ; Gabriela Benackova ; Dennis O'Neill ; Judith Christin ; Emily Manhart ; Daniel Harper ; Douglas Wunsch ; Chorus and Orchestra of the San Francisco Opera ; Maurizio Arena, conductor.
Sung in Italian with English subtitles.
Distributed by Kultur (www.kultur.com).