La fanciulla del West

Giacomo Puccini

A production as engaging to the eyes as to the ears

Pioneer Press

The big cast sang and acted with special fervor

Star Tribune

A lush interpretation of Puccini’s impressionistic score

The Examiner

From the Italian master who wrote Madame Butterfly and Turandot comes a romantic portrait of America’s iconic Golden West. Puccini’s gorgeous melodies and blazing orchestral colors are set against the backdrop of a gold-mining frontier town, where a poker-playing, pistol-wielding saloon owner finds herself in a love triangle with a handsome outlaw and the sheriff who is in hot pursuit of him.

Preliminary run time of 3 hours, including two intermissions.

Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage.


    Minnesota Opera presents a free outdoor simulcast during its season opening performance of Puccini’s La fanciulla del West. Bring a picnic, family, and friends and enjoy a relaxed autumn night to remember. Food and beverages available for purchase. This event is free, but reservations are required.

  • Digital Program

    Can’t wait for the show? Dive into a digital copy of the program today on your phone, tablet, or desktop web browser.

  • Synopsis

    Castro claims he ran away from the outlaws, but is secretly luring the men away supposedly to show his former boss’ hideout so that Johnson (really Ramerrez) can hold-up the saloon. Johnson and Minnie exchange pleasantries. He ignores the signal from Castro to commit the robbery and agrees to meet Minnie at her mountain retreat.

  • Cast and Creative Team

    Read more about the performers on the stage and people behind the scenes.

  • Behind the Scenes

    Take a look behind the scenes at La fanciulla del West’s set and the rehearsal process.


  • Red Hot Gold Rush After Party

    Join Minnesota Opera and Tempo for an opening night after party like you’ve never seen before! It will be a Red Hot Gold Rush, filled with western-themed drinks, food, live music, dancing, and games.

    All the fun happens on September 20, 2015. Tickets available now!

  • The World of La Fanciulla del West

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  • Listen

    Listen to La fanciulla del West on Spotify. Artistic Director Dale Johnson has this to say about his preferred La fanciulla recording:

    This opera can seem rather formless without a strong hand at the helm. Maestro Zubin Mehta keeps it moving, fast and fun. Carol Neblett and Plácido Domingo are in top form and seem like the young lovers they are. Milnes puts on his ‘Snidely Whiplash’ form and it’s better than anyone else’s.

  • Behind the Curtain

    Get the inside scoop! Behind the Curtain explores the music, history, and production of La fanciulla del West. Led by Minnesota Opera’s Head of Music Rob Ainsley, this event features talks and performances by artists and members of the opera’s creative team.



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