November 6, 2013 at 8pm at Carnegie Hall

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Eric Owens

Julianna Di Giacomo

Arturo Chacón-Cruz

November 6, 2013 at 8pm

Carnegie Hall

Mefistofele by Arrigo Boito

The Collegiate Chorale
Manhattan Girls Chorus
American Symphony Orchestra
James Bagwell, Conductor

On November 6, go from hell to heaven in one grand evening with The Collegiate Chorale!  Boito’s Mefistofele, the only opera Verdi’s favorite librettist completed, recounts a centuries old story that has tempted composers from Gounod to Wagner to the Rolling Stones and Randy Newman.

Boito, however, adds a twist to the Faustian legend – In the end good triumphs over evil, Faust is redeemed and the devil defeated. And what a devil we have in the great bass-baritone Eric Owens, highly praised for his portrayal of Alberich in the Metropolitan Opera’s recent Ring Cycle.  Faust, played by the dashing Arturo Chacón-Cruz, and his infatuation Margherita, played by the heavenly Julianna Di Giacomo, complete the tempestuous trio.  Mezzo-soprano Teresa Buchholz will play the roles of Marta and Pantalis and tenor (and alumnus of The Chorale's Side-by-Side Education Program) Joseph Michael Brent will play the roles of Wagner and Nereo. The Collegiate Chorale and Manhattan Girls Chorus take on the roles of sorcerers, witches, nymphs, and cherubim, with the impressive American Symphony Orchestra at their side and Maestro James Bagwell at the helm.

Mefistofele has not been heard in New York since 2000.  Don’t miss hearing the devil get his due in two hours of electrifying and ravishing music, this November at Carnegie Hall.

Give into temptation: Tickets are now on sale at

(Featured image: Eugène Delacroix, Mephistopheles in Flight, Lithograph, 1828)

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     Make this devilish evening unforgettable with The Collegiate Chorale's
     2013 Fall Gala including pre-concert cocktails, seated dinner, and
     desert buffet at Carnegie Hall. Reserve your tickets before September 12
     and get a listing in the formal invitation. Visit  Special Events
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