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Host Sean Bianco brings you a full-length opera featuring great voices from the past and present followed by “Opera Potpourri.”
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.
La fanciulla del West was commissioned by, and first performed at, the Metropolitan Opera in New York on December 10, 1910 with Met stars Enrico Caruso and Emmy Destinn for whom Puccini created the leading roles of Dick Johnson and Minnie.
Minnie: Renata TebaldiJack Rance: Cornell MacNeilDick Johnson (Ramerez) Mario del MonacoNick: Piero di PalmaJake Wallace: Giorgio TozziCoro del Accademia di Santa CeciliaOrchestra del Accademia di Santa CeciliaDirigent: Franco Capuano