Boito - Mefistofele (Blu-ray)
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Label: C Major Entertainment
Cat No: 739304
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 2nd December 2016
ConductorOmer Meir Wellber
Making his debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper, director Roland Schwab (a protégé of the legendary Ruth Berghaus) plays devil’s advocate by setting the opera in a nightmarish atmosphere. “The exceptional solistic cast” (ORF) features René Pape, Joseph Calleja, Kristine Opolais and Karine Babajanyan.
Singing “with clear, strong bass lines” (Deutschlandradio Kultur), René Pape plays Mefistofele as the sardonic leader of a satanic cult. As Faust, his slave, Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja “hits his high notes with formidable vigour” (Financial Times). Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais’s Margherita “shines with understated Grace Kelly elegance” (Opera Today), while as Elena – the fabled Helen of Troy – Armenian soprano Karine Babajanyan “shines with heroic high notes” (Süddeutsche Zeitung). Finally, in the pit, Israeli conductor Omer Meir Wellber “holds all the musical textures together with admirable control” (BR Klassik).
Running Time: 140 mins
Picture 16:9, HD
Sound: DTS-HD MA 5.1, PCM 2.0
Subtitles: Italian (original language), English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese
Booklet: English, German, French
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