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The Devil and the Bourgeoisie

GIUSEPPE PENNISI reviews
Arrigo Boito's 'Mefistofele'

 

Arrigo Boito's Mefistofele is an opéra maudite, or an opera over which a bad spell seems to hang. It was a fiasco when the seven-hour-plus first version was premièred on 5 March 1868 at La Scala in Milan. It was a major hit when drastically revised, the present version (about two and a half hours of music) was staged on 4 October 1875 in Bologna. This second version, further slightly revised for La Fenice in Venice, was successful nearly until World War II. Then, it disappeared nearly everywhere...

Copyright © 18 March 2010 Giuseppe Pennisi,
Rome, Italy

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ARRIGO BOITO

ROME

ITALY

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