Celebrating the 100th anniversary since its world premiere, Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West returns to the Met stage, starring Deborah Voigt and Marcello Giordani and conducted by Nicola Luisotti.
The composer himself attended the opera’s 1910 premiere, receiving multiple curtain calls for his tale of homesick miners set during the California Gold Rush.
While the opera is not as well known as Puccini’s stadium-packing pieces such as La Boheme and Tosca, Fanciulla features lush orchestration and soaring vocals. In this revival of the 1991 production by Giancarlo del Monaco, Fanciulla also comes decked out with naturalistic Western-style sets, a stagecoach and five horses. Voigt makes her dramatic entrance riding one of the horses and brandishing a shotgun.
“It is really rewarding to sing an opera in which I actually get my man at the end of the evening,” Voigt said. “Alive, no less!”
Conductor: Nicola Luisotti
Minnie: Deborah Voigt
Dick Johnson: Marcello Giordani
Jack Rance: Lucio Gallo