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Baden-Baden: Boito: Mefistofele
Erwin Schrott (Mefistofele), Charles Castronovo (Faust), Angel Joy Blue (Elena), Alex Penda (Margherita), Jana Kurucová (Marta), Bror Magnus Tødenes (Wagner), Luciana Mancini (Panthalis), Rudolf Schasching (Nerèo), Philharmonia Chor Wien …
Philipp Himmelmann (director), Johannes Leiacker (stage design), Gesine Völlm (costume), Bernd Purkrabek (light), Martin Eidenberger (video)
Arrigo Boito's only finished and preserved opera, Mefistofele, recorded in Baden-Baden was praised by critics and loved by the audience - a very rare concurrence. And this could hardly have come as a surprise, since it was no other than Erwin Schrott, who had already given a taste of his excellence as the Mefistofele in Gounod’s Faust opera as a mixture of Latin lover, prankster and demon. Arrigo Boito combines influences of Verdi and Wagner in his musical work: rousing choirs, intricate melodies accompanied by music that is almost cinematic in intent – an intoxicating mix that audiences around the globe will find unforgettable. A new discovery!