29th August

Concert will begin at 13:00 hours GMT

Archival recording: Boito's 'Mefistofele' with Scandiuzzi, Visconti and Miricioiu from Amsterdam

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Boito's 'Mefistofele' is an opera in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue, his only completed opera. A heavenly chorus praises God the Creator. Mefistofele scornfully declares that he can win the soul of Faust. His challenge is accepted by the Forces of Good. The aged Dr. Faust and his pupil Wagner are watching the Easter celebrations in the main square in Frankfurt. Faust senses that they are being followed by a mysterious friar, about whom he senses something evil. Wagner dismisses his master’s feelings of unease and as darkness falls they return to Faust’s home.

Performers: Nelly Miricioiu: Margherita/Elena. Roberto Scandiuzzi: Mefistofele. Piero Visconti: Faust.

St. Bavo Haarlem Cathedral Youth Choir. Netherlands Radio Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sergiu Commissiona.

Recorded 12 October 1985.

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