MOUNT VERNON — Although Halloween has passed, Pacific Northwest Opera is keeping the ghoulish spirit of fall alive with its second weekend of “Mefistofele,” an Italian opera about a deal with the devil.

The show’s final performances at McIntyre Hall in Mount Vernon are set for Friday night and Sunday afternoon.

The story is from famed German author and playwright Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, set to music by Italian composer Arrigo Boito. This is Boito’s only opera.

The show tells the tale of an aging scholar, Faust, who bargains his soul with the Devil to regain youth and passion.

Evan Boyer is making his debut with Pacific Northwest Opera as Mefistofele, the devil himself.

James Brown is conducting, making Mefistofele his fourth show with Pacific Northwest Opera.

The cast also includes Pacific Northwest Opera stars Stephen Rumph as Faust and Corinna Quilliam as Margherita.

The show is performed in Italian with English supertitles.

The performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday, with a free lecture beginning 45 minutes before the show to discuss the history of the story, the costumes and more.

Tickets range from $25-75 and can be purchased at mcintyrehall.org or by calling 360-416-7727.

— Reporter Kimberly Cauvel: 360-416-2199, kcauvel@skagitpublishing.com, Twitter: @Kimberly_SVH, Facebook.com/bykimberlycauvel

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