Boito is most happily inspired by Margaret, and the two scenes in which she appears are masterpieces of beauty and pathos.
Rafael stared in open-mouthed wonderment at the signatures of the old Verdi and of Boito.
The third opera was Boito's Mefistofele, for which 8,000 reserved seats were sold.
An actual depiction, or a direct expression (such as is attempted in the prologue of Boito's Mefistofele) was thereby avoided.
This is a hint to musicians of the school of Wagner—to that rare dramatic genius, Boito!
This, one of the few passages in the libretto not immediately derived from Shakespeare, is a triumph on Boito's part.
Then follows a charming episode, another of Boito's interpolations, in which a band of Cypriotes bring flowers to Desdemona.
Boito's libretto is, perhaps, the best written and planned book ever presented to a composer.