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Saturday, May 12, 2018 Permalink

At The Opera, Puccini - La Fanciulla del West (The Girl of the West), May 12, 2018

  

La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the West) is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Guelfo Civinini and Carlo Zangarini, based on the play The Girl of the Golden West by the American author David Belasco. Fanciulla followed Madama Butterfly, which was also based on a Belasco play. The opera has fewer of the show-stopping highlights that are characteristic of other Puccini works, but is admired for its impressive orchestration and for a score that is more melodically integrated than is typical of his previous work. Fanciulla displays influences from composers Claude Debussy and Richard Strauss, without being in any way imitative. Similarities between the libretto and the work of Richard Wagner have also been found, though some attribute this more to the original plot of the play, and have asserted that the opera remains quintessentially Italian.

The opera had a successful and highly publicised premiere at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City, in 1910. Nevertheless, while Puccini deemed it one of his greatest works, La fanciulla del West has become a less popular opera within the composer's repertoire, drawing a mixed public reception overall. Despite the plot being a source of significant criticism, the majority of academics and musicians agree in calling it a magnum opus, particularly lauding its craftmanship. The conductor of the work's premiere, Arturo Toscanini, called the opera a "great symphonic poem".

Cast:

Minnie – Carol Neblett

Dick Johnson – Placido Domingo

Jack Rance – Sherrill Milnes

Royal Opera House Covent Garden

Zubin Mehta – conductor

DG - 1978

Playlist

8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:11 p.m.
Puccini: La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West) BUY ROYAL OPERA HOUSE / MEHTA; ROYAL OPERA HOUSE / MEHTA, conductor
10:00 p.m.
10:40 p.m.
ROSSINI: Rossini Otello Aria BUY from Espoir; composed by ROSSINI
10:46 p.m.
Donizetti: LUCIA ARIA BUY from Espoir; composed by Donizetti
10:57 p.m.
Puccini: O mio babbino caro Gianni Schicchi BUY from 50x Opera [3 CD]; composed by Puccini
10:59 p.m.
Bizet: C est toi ... Au fond du temple saint Les Pêcheurs de perles 8.50 BUY from 50x Opera [3 CD]; composed by Bizet
11:00 p.m.
11:08 p.m.
Delibes: Viens, Mallika ... Dôme épais (Flower Duet) Lakmé 6.03 BUY from 50x Opera [3 CD]; composed by Delibes
11:14 p.m.
Saint-Saens: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix Samson et Dalila BUY from 50x Opera [3 CD]; composed by Saint-Saens
11:20 p.m.
Offenbach: Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour (Barcarolle) Les Contes d'Hoffmann 4.13 BUY from 50x Opera [3 CD]; composed by Offenbach
11:24 p.m.
Verdi: Se quel guerrier io fossi! ... Celeste Aida Aida 4.27 BUY from 50x Opera [3 CD]; composed by Verdi
11:29 p.m.
Verdi: Gualtier Maldè ... Caro nome Rigoletto 6.19 BUY from 50x Opera [3 CD]; composed by Verdi
11:35 p.m.
Verdi: Va, pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) Nabucco BUY from 50x Opera [3 CD]; composed by Verdi
11:40 p.m.
Puccini: Coro a bocca chiusa (Humming Chorus Choeur à bouche fermée Summchor) Madama Butterfly 3.04 BUY from 50x Opera [3 CD]; composed by Puccini
11:43 p.m.
Puccini: Che gelida manina La bohème 4.38 BUY from 50x Opera [3 CD]; composed by Puccini
11:47 p.m.
Puccini: Sì, Mi chiamano Mimì La bohème BUY from 50x Opera [3 CD]; composed by Puccini


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