mephistofelesThe devil gets his due on Wednesday, November 6th at Carnegie Hall, and he has a heavenly voice!

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The great bass-baritone, Eric Owens will star in the title role of Arrigo Boito’s, Mefistofele on the occasion of The Collegiate Chorale’s 2013 Annual Fall Gala on November 6, 2013 at 6pm at Carnegie Hall, 154 West 57th Street, NYC.

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cast The Collegiate Chorale, American Symphony Orchestra, Manhattan Girls Chorus, and Conductor James Bagwell transport you from hell to heaven in two hours of electrifying and ravishing music. Drama and thrilling musical fireworks from  Owens (Mefistofele),  Arturo Chacón-Cruz (Faust), and Julianna Di Giacomo (Margherita), combined forces with The Collegiate Chorale and Manhattan Girls Chorus depicting sorcerers, witches, ancient Greek nymphs, and cherubim, under the direction of Maestro James Bagwell will provide a spectacular evening of heavenly music and devilishly fun.

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250px-Page_004_(Faust,_1925)The evening will start at 6pm with a cocktail reception in Carnegie Hall’s Rose Museum, followed by a seated dinner in the Rohatyn Room.  The concert performance will start at 8pm in the Stern Auditorium. A dessert buffet will be served during intermission.  Attire is festive and Gala tickets are available from $1,000 to $2,500 while tables range from $10,000 to $25,000.  The gala will honor special friends and extraordinary Directors Emeriti Anna and William Mann, for over 10 years of inspired Board leadership. For more information, please email Mariane Lemieux at mlemieux@collegiatechorale.org or call 646-435-9052 or visit collegiatechorale.org/support/special-events .

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Arrigo Boito born 24 February 1842 – died 10 June 1918), aka Enrico Giuseppe Giovanni Boito, was an Italian poet, journalist, novelist, librettist and composer, best known today for his libretti, especially those for Giuseppe Verdi’s operas Otello and Falstaff, and his own opera Mefistofele.  Mefistofele is his only completed opera and based on the legend of Faust, but titled after the character that truly drives the action: Mefistofele, the devil himself.

For a special treat and as an introduction for those of you who have never heard this incredible I’ve included an excerpt of the great Samuel Ramey singing the title role for San Francisco opera (1989).

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