A 'Portable' Devil
GIUSEPPE PENNISI visits Pisa for
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 of music was first premiered on 5 March 1868 at La Scala. It was a major hit when drastically revised and reduced. The present version (about two and a half hours of music) was staged on 4 October 1875 in Bologna...
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