Arrigo Boito http://wrti.org en 60th Anniversary Classical CD Highlight: Boito, Mefistofele, Prologue in Heaven http://wrti.org/post/60th-anniversary-classical-cd-highlight-boito-mefistofele-prologue-heaven <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">The "</span>Prologue<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; "> in Heaven" from </span>Arrigo<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">&nbsp;</span>Boito's<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; "> </span><em>Mefistofele</em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">, performed by soprano </span>Dimitra<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; "> </span>Theodossiou,<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; "> mezzo-soprano Monica </span>Minarelli<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">, tenor Giuseppe </span>Filianoti,<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; "> tenor </span>Mimmo<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; "> </span>Ghegghi<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">, bass </span>Ferruccio<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; "> </span>Furlanetto<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">, the Palermo </span>Teatro<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; "> </span>Massimo<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; "> Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, and Children's Chorus, with organist Sonia </span>Zaramella,<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; "> and conducted by Stefano </span>Ranzani<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">, is featured on CD 3 in the </span>WRTI<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; "> </span>60th<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; "> Anniversary Classical 3-CD set.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; ">Arrigo Boito is best remembered as a very successful writer who provided Amilcare Ponchielli with texts for <em>La Gioconda</em>, as well as libretti for three of Giuseppe Verdi’s best-loved operas. Success as a composer, though, eluded Boito. His one completed opera, <em>Mefistofele</em>, based on Goethe’s Faust, was a dismal failure at its first production. It took Boito several years to rework <em>Mefistofele</em> into what we know it as today, an opera in four acts with a Prelude and Epilogue.</p><div>It’s the Prelude that’s most frequently performed as a stand-alone concert piece today and is always a musically thrilling experience, scored as it is for solo voices, multiple choruses including children’s choruses, large orchestra, off-stage band, organ, harps, and percussion.<br><br>In the Prologue, a heavenly chorus praises God the Creator. Mefistofele scornfully declares that he can win the soul of Faust, a challenge accepted by the Forces of Good.</div><div> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 03:52:53 +0000 Jack Moore 6442 at http://wrti.org 60th Anniversary Classical CD Highlight: Boito, Mefistofele, Prologue in Heaven