Opera di Roma


In Cinemas 6, 7 & 10 Apr 2024
Michele Mariotti
Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma
John Relyea (Mefistofele), Maria Agresta (Margherita/Elena), Joshua Guerrero (Faust), Sofia Koberidze (Marta/ Panatalis), Marco Miglietta (Wagner), Leonardo Trinciarelli (Nereo)
Arrigo Boito
Simon Stone
Set Design
Mel Page
2h41 incl an interval
Sung in Italian, with English subtitles
Captured live from Teatro dell'Opera, Rome 27 Nov 2023
Official Event Listing
  • Impressive. John Relyea was born to sing Boito’s sardonic fiend. Mariotti has the full measure of this multifaceted score, one of Italian opera’s most underappreciated.

Opera in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue (1868)

New Production! A deal with the devil is struck with powerful results in Boito’s riveting Italian retelling of Goethe’s classic Faustian legend.

This much anticipated Opera di Roma season-opening new staging, a co-production with Teatro Real di Madrid, is staged by in-demand Australian film and theatre director Simon Stone, presenting an opera in Italy for the first time.

Starring as Mefistofele – one of the great bass-baritone roles in opera – is John Relyea, opposite Maria Agresta as Margherita and Joshua Guerrero as the bargain-making philosopher Faust.

Conducted by maestro Michele Mariotti, Boito’s score conjures a vivid clash between the forces of good and evil, which only finds resolution in the work’s powerful ending.

Sydney patrons please note: Due to the recent closure of Palace Verona for building redevelopment, this production is instead screening nearby at Palace Moore Park, located in the Entertainment Quarter precinct in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. For this production (only), Moore Park's weekday screening will take place on Thurs 11 Apr instead of Wed 10 Apr. Advance tickets for all sessions now on sale!

Opera di Roma

Taking its current name at the advent of the republic, Rome’s beautiful opera house, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma was first inaugurated in 1880, as Teatro Costanzi. The company hosted the world premiere of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Puccini’s Tosca among others.

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