“LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST” at l’Opera de Paris

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L’Opera National de Paris Presents:

THE GIRL OF THE WEST

LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST

OPERA IN THREE ACTS (1910)

MUSIC BY GIACOMO PUCCINI (1858-1924)

LIBRETTO BY GUELFO CIVININI AND CARLO ZANGARINI BASED ON DAVID BELASCO’S PLAY “THE GIRL OF THE GOLDEN WEST”

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Performed in Italian

“In those strange days, people coming from God knows where, joined forces in that far Western land”. With the adventures of Minnie, who falls in love with a warm-hearted bandit, Puccini gave opera its first Western, a drama of souls stranded on the edge of the world.

Carlo Rizzi Conductor
Nikolaus Lehnhoff Stage director
Raimund Bauer Sets
Andrea Schmidt-Futterer Costumes
Duane Schuler Lighting
Jonas Gerberding Video
Denni Sayers Choreography
Patrick Marie Aubert Chorus master

Nina Stemme Minnie
Claudio Sgura Jack Rance
Marco Berti Dick Johnson
Roman Sadnik Nick
Andrea Mastroni Ashby
André Heyboer Sonora
Emanuele Giannino Trin
Roberto Accurso Sid
Igor Gnidii Bello
Eric Huchet Harry
Rodolphe Briand Joe
Enrico Marabelli Happy
Wenwei Zhang Larkens
Ugo Rabec Billy Jackrabbit
Anna Pennisi Wowkle
Alexandre Duhamel Jake Wallace
Matteo Peirone José Castro

Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus 

PRODUCTION BY NEDERLANDSE OPERA, AMSTERDAM

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“In those strange days, people coming from God knows where, joined forces in that far Western land, and, according to the rude custom of the camp, their very names were soon lost and unrecorded, and here they struggled, laughed, gambled, cursed, killed, loved and worked out their strange destinies in a manner incredible to us of to-day. Of one thing only are we sure – they lived!” Puccini prefaced his score with this quotation and, indeed, it is life itself that he aimed to capture, in a trail that would lead him to Paris in La Bohème, to Japan in Madama Butterfly and then as far as the Far West in a tale of passion, certainly, but also of humanity, brotherhood and compassion. In a saloon bar known as The Polka, gold diggers brood over mothers left behind in Italy whilst Minnie, behind the bar, reads to them from the Bible. Love will come to Minnie in the guise of a criminal but, seeing beyond mere appearances, she will recognise the true heart beneath the rough exterior and realise the possibility of happiness. In the wake of the first literary westerns and as cinema began to exploit the genre, Puccini gave opera its first ever western: a tale of souls stranded at the edge of the world, a tale of laughter and of tears, both exotic and overwhelming. First performed at the Metropolitan Opera of New York in 1910, this genuine masterpiece finally enters the repertoire of the Paris Opera.

Performance dates:

February 2014
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  En direct au cinéma
EN DIRECT AU CINÉMA LE LUNDI
10 FÉVRIER 2014

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