Saturday, March 31, 2012

Danny Elfman vs. Mefistofele

Whoever was in charge of this production of Mefistofele must have seen the movie Forbidden Zone. Here is the scene "Ecco il mundo" from the opera, featuring Samuel Ramey as Mephistopheles:


And now, here is the scene from Forbidden Zone (obviously itself trying to be a more 1970s version of Max Fleisher cartoons of the 20s.) That is a young Danny Elfman in the role of Satan.


The musical character between the two excerpts is of course quite different, one from the other; and I doubt even the Ramey version is at all like what composer Arrigo Boito had in mind in 1868 when he wrote the piece. Still, when I saw the clip, Forbidden Zone was the first thing that sprang to my mind.

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