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Maurizio Arena, Orchestra of the San Francisco Opera House - Arrigo Boito: Mefistofele (2003/1989)

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Maurizio Arena, Orchestra of the San Francisco Opera House - Arrigo Boito: Mefistofele (2003/1989)

Maurizio Arena, Orchestra of the San Francisco Opera House - Arrigo Boito: Mefistofele (2003/1989)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | 7.37 Gb (DVD9) | 160 min
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: Italiano, Français, English, Deutsch, Español

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 realisation, 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.

Maurizio Arena, Orchestra of the San Francisco Opera, Shirley Verrett, Placido Domingo - Giacomo Meyerbeer: L'Africaine (2011)

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Maurizio Arena, Orchestra of the San Francisco Opera, Shirley Verrett, Placido Domingo - Giacomo Meyerbeer: L'Africaine (2011)

Maurizio Arena, Orchestra and Chorus of the San Francisco Opera, Shirley Verrett, Plácido Domingo - Giacomo Meyerbeer: L'Africaine (2011)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Francais (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 194 min | 5,45+6,94 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol, Italiano | Recorded: 1988

Plácido Domingo as Vasco da Gama and Shirley Verrett as the African queen, whom he has enslaved, star in Giacomo Meyerbeer‘s spectacular grand opera L’Africaine, in a colourfully exotic production by Lotfi Mansouri, under the sensitive musical direction of Maurizio Arena. The visual splendour of Wolfram Skalicki’s designs matches the vocal distinction of the cast in this seldom performed masterpiece. Director Brian Large captured this magical performance from the San Francisco Opera House for video in 1988.