Arrigo Boito is probably known better for his librettos, rather than his compositions, but he did turn his hand to writing several operas in his lifetime. The first of these, and the only one he completed was Mefistofele. Based on both parts of Goethe’s Faust, the opera underwent considerable revision after its first performances in 1858, which were subject to rather unpleasant reviews. Boito’s newly revised version of the opera, with four acts, plus a prologue and epilogue, was first produced in Bologna in 1875, and received a marginally warmer reception.
Today, the opera stands as an
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