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Girls of the Golden WestNew production

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Dutch National Opera and BalletWaterlooplein 22, Amsterdam, North Holland, Pays-Bas
Dates/horaires selon le fuseau horaire de Amsterdam
Dutch National Opera
Grant GershonDirection
Peter SellarsMetteur en scène
David GropmanDécors
Rita RyackCostumes
Julia BullockSopranoDame Shirley
Davóne TinesBaryton-basseNed Peters
Paul ApplebyTénorJoe Cannon
Hye Jung LeeSopranoAh Sing
Elliot MadoreBarytonRamón
J'Nai BridgesMezzo-sopranoJosefa Segovia
Ryan McKinnyBaryton-basseClarence King
Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Orchestre philharmonique de Rotterdam

Dutch National Opera presents Girls of the Golden West by the celebrated American composer John Adams. After the successes of Nixon in China and Doctor Atomic, Adams once again joins forces with legendary director Peter Sellars.


Girls of the Golden West is set in the hardscrabble world of the miners who went to dig for their fortunes in the 1850s California Gold Rush. Simmering racism and sexism come to a head one Independence Day to end with the death of a Mexican barmaid, Josefa. The shocking narrative, based on authentic sources including gold miners’ songs, eyewitness accounts by writers like Louise Clappe and Mark Twain, and newspaper articles, is told from the perspective of the doctor’s wife, Louise Clappe, aka Dame Shirley.


About Girls of the Golden West, Peter Sellars said in the New York Times: ‘These true stories of the Forty-Niners are overwhelming in their heroism, passion and cruelty, telling tales of racial conflicts, colourful and humorous exploits, political strife and struggles to build anew a life and to decide what it would mean to be American.’


The first co-production by Peter Sellars and John Adams performed at DNO was the groundbreaking Nixon in China (1988). There, as later in Doctor Atomic and now in Girls of the Golden West, the narrative fabric is woven from authentic sources. A politically engaged director, known for his modern take on classic and contemporary operas, Sellars was awarded the Erasmus Prize for his contributions to European culture. Currently he teaches World Arts and Cultures at the University of California in Los Angeles.


Co-production with San Francisco Opera and Dallas Opera

Girls of the Golden West © Ruth Walz
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