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Work: La fanciulla del West

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ComposerPuccini, Giacomo (1858-1924)
PeriodRomantic
LibrettistGuelfo Civinini, Carlo Zangarini
Year1910
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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LeedsThe Girl of the Golden West

The Girl of the Golden West
Puccini: La fanciulla del West
Antony Hermus; Aletta Collins; Opera North; Giles Cadle; Gabrielle Dalton; Magdalena Molendowska; Rafael Rojas

NottinghamThe Girl of the Golden West

The Girl of the Golden West
Puccini: La fanciulla del West
Antony Hermus; Aletta Collins; Opera North; Giles Cadle; Gabrielle Dalton; Magdalena Molendowska; Rafael Rojas

SalfordThe Girl of the Golden West

The Girl of the Golden West
Puccini: La fanciulla del West
Antony Hermus; Aletta Collins; Opera North; Giles Cadle; Gabrielle Dalton; Magdalena Molendowska; Rafael Rojas

Newcastle upon TyneThe Girl of the Golden West

The Girl of the Golden West
Puccini: La fanciulla del West
Antony Hermus; Aletta Collins; Opera North; Giles Cadle; Gabrielle Dalton; Magdalena Molendowska; Rafael Rojas

BerlinLa fanciulla del WestNew production

Puccini: La fanciulla del West
Sir Antonio Pappano; Lydia Steier; Staatsoper Berlin; David Zinn; Anja Kampe; Yusif Eyvazov
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Eyvazov shines in Met's Fanciulla

Eva-Maria Westbroek (Minnie) and Yusif Eyvazov (Dick Johnson) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
The audience for The Met's first performance of La fanciulla del West this season arrived loaded for bear. Not only were they disappointed that Jonas Kaufmann was not singing (he's slated for shows starting 17th October), but their disappointment was heightened by the fact that tenor Yusif Eyvazov was singing.
*****
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La fanciulla walks wistfully into the Naples sunset

Claudio Sgura (Jack Rance) © Luciano Romano
A movie-like staging for Puccini's most original opera at the Teatro San Carlo.
****1
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Exciting, loud Fanciulla opens NYCO season

Kristin Sampson (Minnie) © Sarah Shatz
Whenever a relative opera novice or occasional toe-dipper tells me how he or she cried at the end of La bohème, I want to send them to La fanciulla del West. Of course I choke up at the end of Bohème – who doesn't? – but for a good bawling session, the fabulously maudlin finale of Fanciulla is the place to be. The plot doesn't bode well.
****1
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Santa Fe Opera Stages Puccini's Fanciulla del West

Richard Jones's production of Puccini’s Western opera La fanciulla del West is well sung, but fails to tap in to the Wild West atmosphere of the surroundings.
***11
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Emotionally powerful La fanciulla del West

Using Stephen Medcalf’s 2008 staging, this opening night of love and loneliness was a feast for the eyes, a musical triumph and a dramatic tour-de-force that tugged at the heart strings.
****1
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