Giunto sul passo estremo... : Work information
- Arrigo Boito ( Music, Images,)
- Performed by
- Fabrizio Favuzzi (Tenor), Compagnia d'Opera Italiana, Antonello Gotta (Conductor)
- Work name
- Giunto sul passo estremo...
- Work number
- 1868-01-01 02:00:00
- Marcella Tessarin, Matteo Polzella, Vera Kovacs
- Gianluca Barbato
- Recording date
Born in Milan to a Polish countess and a painter of miniatures, Arrigo Boito studied composition and aesthetics at the local conservatory, where he wrote his first libretti. After graduation, he travelled to Paris where he met Giuseppe Verdi, for whom he composed some texts. in 1868 he completed his most famous work, the opera Mefistofele (based on Goethe's Faust), which premiered disastrously at La Scala. Although it was later reworked to great acclaim, it is his libretti for which he is chiefly remembered - he provided Verdi with further texts for Simon Boccanegra, Othello and Falstaff and Ponchinelli with La Gioconda. He also prepared Italian versions of foreign operas such as Der Freischutz, Rienzi and Ruslan and Lyudmila.