Puccini's The Girl of the Golden West

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Saturday, July 02, 2011

Perhaps there’s no better opera to celebrate the July Fourth holiday than Puccini’s cowboy opera La fanciulla del West. Deborah Voigt brings her well-traveled interpretation of the pistol-packing, poker-playing saloon owner, Minnie, to the city for the first time in a revival of Hal Prince's 1978 Chicago Lyric production. Tenor Marcello Giordani is Dick Johnson, the outlaw she loves, with Marco Vratogna (debut) as the sheriff, Jack Rance, who is hotly pursuing both, albeit for different reasons. Andrew Davis conducts the opera on its 100th anniversary year.

CAST:

Minnie - Deborah Voigt
Ramerrez - Marcello Giordani
Jack Rance - Marco Vratogna
Harry - Rene Barbera
Nick - David Cangelosi
Sid - Philip Kraus

CONDUCTOR: Sir Andrew Davis
STAGE DIRECTOR: Vincent Liotta
LYRIC OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS
CHORUS MASTER: Donald Nally

Comments [3]

GLADYS CARBO FLOWER from Weehawken NJ

This is a gem of an opera - when I was introduced to it at a performance iin NY I was shocked to hear phrases and underscoring "borrowed" by a well known and successful Broadway entrepreneur. I call it "How to Succeed in Music without really creating"
Unfortunately it's much too easy to steal from the dead and one that carries no penalty.

Jul. 02 2011 03:46 PM
concetta nardone from Elmont, NY

Not Puccini's greatest score but a great opera to watch. Despite the score being written by an Italian and sung in Italian, I look upon it as a nice piece of Americana.

Jul. 02 2011 10:19 AM
Erica Miner from CA

Deborah rides again. Woo-hoo!

Jun. 30 2011 11:28 PM

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