San Francisco Opera broadcasts return to Classical 90.5 at noon this Saturday, August 23, with a performance of Mefistofele by Arrigo Boito. The libretto is by the composer. The performance will be sung in Italian and will run approximately three hours and thirty minutes.

San Francisco Opera’s season opens with Boito’s setting of Goethe’s Faust, in one of the most impressive productions ever undertaken at the War Memorial Opera House. The title role of Mefistofele is sung by Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov in his staged role debut, soprano Patricia Racette appears as both Marguerite and Elena, and Mexican tenor Ramón Vargas is Faust, the philosopher who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for perpetual youth, also in his fully-staged role debut. Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus in this monumental work of “choral grandeur and melodic richness” according to the The New York Times.

THE CAST
Mefistofele: Ildar Abdrazakov
Faust: Ramon Vargas
Wagner: Chuanyue Wang
Adam: Luke Lazzaro
Eve: Brook Broughton
Margherita/Elena: Patricia Racette
Marta: Erin Johnson
Pantalis: Renee Rapier
Nereo: Chuanyue Wang