The Devil With The Best Tunes

Tom Rosenthal considers the numerous musical offspring of the Faust legend inspired by both Goethe and Marlowe, with special emphasis on Boito's `Mephistopheles'.

It was the first Italian opera Rosenthal had seen in Italy, in an open-air performance in Rome creating an unforgettable vision of hell from the Roman summer-night sky.

It confirmed Rosenthal's view that Boito was an extraordinary man whose place as a poet, revolutionary, composer and, above all, librettist to Verdi, is secure in both Italian and operatic history.

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Mephistopheles19990415

Tom Rosenthal considers the numerous musical offspring of the Faust legend inspired by both Goethe and Marlowe, with special emphasis on Boito's `Mephistopheles'.

It was the first Italian opera Rosenthal had seen in Italy, in an open-air performance in Rome creating an unforgettable vision of hell from the Roman summer-night sky.

It confirmed Rosenthal's view that Boito was an extraordinary man whose place as a poet, revolutionary, composer and, above all, librettist to Verdi, is secure in both Italian and operatic history.