Boito, Arrigo (2/24/1842 - 6/10/1918 )

Arrigo Boito is probably better known as a librettist than as a composer, especially for his texts for Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra and the Shakespearian Otello and Falstaff, as well as the libretto of Ponchielli’s La Gioconda.

Opera

Boito’s only completed opera, for which he wrote both words and music, was Mefistofele, based on Goethe’s Faust, a work to which he made considerable alterations. ‘Ave, Signor’, sung by Mephistopheles in the prologue, and the prison scene for the soprano Margherita (Gretchen) remain familiar recital items.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
Die Welt der Oper Naxos 8.503061
Enjoy the Classics (Best of Naxos 1-4) Naxos 8.504003
VERDI Overtures & Opera Choruses Naxos 8.503042

Discography

Opera
8.555037-38
A TO Z OF OPERA
HCD12487-89
BOITO: Nerone
8.558196-97
DISCOVER OPERA
8.660050-51
VERDI: Falstaff
Vocal
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