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 La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West)

La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West)

After watching David Belasco's play The Girl of the Golden West on his 1907 visit to New York, Puccini resolved to set this somewhat unusual love story of the Wild West to music on the opera stage.

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Opera in three acts, in Italian, with Hungarian and English surtitles

After watching David Belasco's play The Girl of the Golden West on his 1907 visit to New York, Puccini resolved to set this somewhat unusual love story of the Wild West to music on the opera stage. The dramatic material proved to be a good choice, with an effectively moving plot that takes viewers to the denouement with a sure hand. The character of Minnie is also a highly suitable addition to Puccini's ranks of heroines: driven by love and passion, she thus has no fear of risking even her own life.
The piece will be staged at the Erkel Theatre in December 2018 in a production directed by Vasily Barkhatov, who is regularly engaged to work all over Russia and Europe.

General cast

Conductor    Balázs Kocsár
Minnie    Éva Bátori / Szilvia Rálik
Dick Johnson (Ramerrez), a bandit    Boldizsár László / Gaston Rivero / Gergely Boncsér
Jack Rance, sheriff   Csaba Szegedi / Florin Estefan
Nick, bartender    Péter Balczó
Ashby, a Wells Fargo agent    Marcell Bakonyi
Sonora, a miner    Antal Cseh
Trin, a miner    Gergely Ujvári
Sid, a miner    Lajos Geiger
Bello, a miner    Attila Erdős
Happy, a miner    Tivadar Kiss
Joe, a miner    Ferenc Kristofori
Happy, a miner    Róbert Rezsnyák
Jim Larkens, a miner    Géza Gábor
Billy Jackrabbit, a Red Indian    András Kőrösi
Wowkle, his wife    Melinda Heiter
Jake Wallace, a traveling camp minstrel    András Káldi Kiss
José Castro, a mestizo    András Kiss

Credits

Libretto based on David Belasco's The Girl of the Golden West by    Guelfo Civinini, Carlo Zangarini
Director    Vasily Barkhatov
Set designer    Zinovy Margolin
Costume designer    Olga Shaishmelashvili
Lighting designer   Alexander Sivaev
Dramaturg    Eszter Orbán
Chorus director    Gábor Csiki

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