Boito: Mefistofele - Treigle, Novoa, Cruz-Romo; Rudel. 1971


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This recording of Mefistofele offers a double treat in the form of Norman Treigle as Mefistofele and Gilda Cruz-Romo as Margarita and Elena. Treigle, captured in his prime, offers a compelling and strangely human take on the devil, choosing to rely more on his formidable acting skills rather than his formidable bass voice. Gilda Cruz-Romo approaches perfection as Margarita, her youthful soprano able to sore endlessly in the stratosphere of her glorious top without tiring. Salvador Novoa is a little underwhelming as Faust. The sound is fair.

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