La fanciulla del West

Giacomo Puccini

“. . . engaging, occasionally hilarious and, in its final moments, sublime. . .”

Star Tribune

“Beautifully sung, played and designed. . .”

— Pioneer Press

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.

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  • 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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