- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 梱包サイズ : 18.6 x 10.64 x 2.85 cm; 208.65 g
- 監督 : Brian Large
- メディア形式 : クラシック
- 時間 : 2 時間 40 分
- 発売日 : 1997/4/29
- 出演 : Samuel Ramey, Gabriela Benacková, Dennis O'Neill, Judith Christin, Emily Manhart
- 字幕: : 英語
- 販売元 : Kultur Video
- 生産者 : David Horn
- ASIN : 6304469675
- 脚本 : Arrigo Boito
- ディスク枚数 : 1
Arrigo Boito's treatment of the Faust legend has never been as popular as Gounod's, but Boito was an imaginative composer and a great librettist (he wrote the words for Verdi's Otello and Falstaff, the two finest librettos in Italian opera). As the title suggests, his Mefistofele puts the spotlight on the diabolical villain of the story at least as much as its hapless hero. It is a role ideally suited to Samuel Ramey, requiring a rich, deep voice, a striking stage presence, and only elementary acting skills. He has taken it to most of the world's great opera houses with spectacular success, and it is good to have it in a first-class video recording.
The libretto stands out, among operatic treatments of Faust, for its effort to capture the full, epic scope of Goethe's drama, including its moments of unearthly sublimity. The prologue and the conclusion are among opera's most memorable moments of choral grandeur, as this production makes clear. Elsewhere, Boito is witty, colorful, and, sometimes, philosophically dry. --Joe McLellan
The production is very fussy in many places. There is so much going on in some of the scenes that it becomes somewhat confusing at times. That being said, there are lots of good ideas here which make it worth watching the opera through several times to see everything. In the prologue and epilogue the use of ranks of angels in theatre-type boxes rising from the stage works very well, and neatly deals with the impossibility of portraying heaven. It gets away from the ridiculous fluffy clouds and cherubs that so often feature in attempts at 'realistic' presentations.
There are optional English subtitles but just one stereo soundtrack.
"Mefistofele" is grand opera at its grandest.From prologue to epilogue,it is a feast for the eyes and ears.The antics at the Easter celebration may raise an eyebrow or two but hang in there. Samuel Ramey was born to play Mefistofele. He is at his zenith in this performance.His voice had to have shook the rafters of the enormous War Memorial.Gabriela Benakova was wonderful in the dual roles of Margherita and Elena. Dennis O'Neill,whom I was not familiar with,possesses an instrument of great beauty as well.
This is fast becoming my favorite opera.The salvation of Faust in the epilogue is the most beautiful ending in all of opera.This opera is not performed enough today. I'm spearheading a move to have it returned to the regular roster.Buy this DVD today!!!