Arrigo Boito's opera Mefistofele is based on the legend of Faust, a popular operatic theme, and since its lackluster premiere in 1868, Boito's German-influenced interpretation has grown in popularity. The showing at the SF Opera features rich, colorful sets and costuming and the vocal talents of Ramon Vargas, Patricia Racette, and Ildar Abdrazakov as the Devil. While the play may not be the most accessible, it offers audiences the rare opportunity to not only confront an enduring work of literature, but to have it set to music. If that intimidates you, remember that the story is all about a guy selling his soul to the devil for money, power, and sex. So, you know, relatable themes.
Wed., Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 14, 8 p.m.; Tue., Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Sept. 20, 8 p.m.; Tue., Sept. 24, 8 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 29, 2 p.m.; Wed., Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m., 2013