“La Fanciulla del West” will be on stage at Metropolitan Opera, New York. The production is a gift of The Sybil B. Harrington Endowment Fund and revival of a gift of Rolex.
The songs are sung in Italian with met titles in English, German, Italian and Spanish. The estimated runtime of the show is 3 hours 22 minutes. Act I lasts for 59 minutes, followed by an intermission of 36 minutes. Act II runs for 46 minutes, followed by an intermission of 35 minutes. Act III lasts 26 minutes.
“Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings Puccini’s gun-slinging heroine in this romantic epic of the Wild West, with the heralded return of tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the role of the outlaw she loves. Tenor Yusif Eyvazov also sings some performances. Baritone Željko Lučić is the vigilante sheriff Jack Rance, and Marco Armiliato conducts,” says the Metropolitan Opera website.
Marco Armiliato is the conductor of the show. Eva-Maria Westbroek plays Minnie, Yusif Eyvazov and Jonas Kaufmann play Dick Johnson on different days, Carlo Bosi plays Nick, Željko Lučić plays Jack Rance, Michael Todd Simpson plays Sonora, Matthew Rose plays Ashby and Oren Gradus plays Jake Wallace.
The opera unfolds in the mountains of California during the Gold Rush during 1849–50. The anachronistic presence of a Pony Express rider and a Wells Fargo agent would indicate a date after 1860, but historical accuracy is not the goal in this tale. Puccini was enchanted with Belasco’s fictional setting, with its combination of mythic and grittily realistic elements.
As per the website, Puccini’s “American” opera, based on David Belasco’s play “The Girl of the Golden West,” had its glamorous and highly publicized world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera in 1910 in New York, with the composer in the audience. The drama is set during the California Gold Rush, and the girl of the title is one of Puccini’s most appealing heroines — a strong, independent woman determined to win the man she loves. Although it fell out of favor with audiences for a few decades following its original success, Fanciulla has rebounded in popularity in recent years and is now counted among Puccini’s best works.
Giacomo Puccini was immensely popular. His operas are celebrated for their mastery of detail, sensitivity to everyday subjects, copious melody, and economy of expression.
The opera will be on stage from October 4 through October 27, 2018, at 30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023, USA
For details, visit: https://www.metopera.org/Season/2018-19-season/fanciulla-del-west-puccini-tickets
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