Mefistofele is the only completed opera by the Italian composer-librettist Arrigo Boito.
Mefistofele is one of many pieces of classical music based on the Faust legend. The most popular earlier work based on the legend was Gounod’s opera Faust, which Boito regarded as a superficial and frivolous treatment of a profound subject. Furthermore, Boito was contemptuous of what he saw as the low operatic standards prevailing in Italy at that time, and he determined to make his new work distinctive, both musically and intellectually, from anything that had been heard before.
[Samuel Ramey is not Norman Treigle, but he’s good.]
I’m not afraid of death. It’s
the stake one puts up in order to play the game of life. ~Jean Giraudoux
When I saw you, I fell in
love, and you smiled because you knew. ~Arrigo Boito
Daichi Sawamura’s calf muscles are cramping from crouching in
the brush for so long.
been a solid fifteen minutes of nothing but waiting and he can feel the tension
in his leveler beside him, his hair silver under the moonlight. Tanaka is
surprisingly calm and focused, but Daichi can only see black in his eyes in the
filtering torchlight. He can’t tell if it’s just the poor lighting or if they
are actually blown wide with nerves, but he’s guessing the latter. He himself
has had the urge to fidget and shift so badly for the last five minutes that he
can’t imagine how Kageyama is holding out.