English National Opera/Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires - 1999

Cast ENO:  David Rendall, Alistair Miles, Susan Patterson, Christine Rice

Cast Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires:  Ramey, Fabio Amiliato, Cristina Gallardo Domas.

Conductors: Oliver von Dohnanyi/Gyorgy Rath

Mefistofele Mefistofele "How solemn an opera is Boito’s MEFISTOFELE? The question is posed urgently by Ian Judge’s spectacularly brilliant new production at the Coliseum. Production as genuinely creative as this is as exhilarating as it is rare. It makes more sense than any other I can envisage, and provided me with one of the most enjoyable operatic evenings for a long time." - The Spectator

"That (Boito’s) fabulously tasteless score comes at you like a parody of every operatic cliché, is irresistible for the director Ian Judge. He’s a man after Mephistopheles’ heart; sceptical, unsubtle, and a bit of a showman. It’s the kind of production, dare I say it, that the piece so richly deserves." - Daily Telegraph

"If you take my advice you will hasten to the Coliseum for ENO’s new production by Ian Judge of Arrigo Boito’s MEFISTOFELE. I believe you will enjoy yourself enormously if you can surrender to a wildly over-the-top, exuberant and gloriously tasteless staging of an opera that seems at times to be sending itself up." - The Sunday Telegraph

"Ian Judge, a master of theatrical effect, embraced the work in all its gruesome excess with due zest and skill." - The Observer

"ENO’s MEFISTOFELE is the most astonishing night in London!" - Time Out