La fanciulla del West

Giacomo Puccini

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 2 hours and 54 minutes, with two intermissions.

Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage.

  • 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.

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  • Composer Biography

    Giacomo Puccini was born into a family of court composers and organists in the historic city of Lucca, Italy. With a strong feeling of tradition in the Puccini family, it was expected that Giacomo would assume his deceased father’s position as Maestro di Cappella when he came of age. By 14 he already was playing organ in a number of the town’s churches.

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