Giacomo Puccini La Fanciulla Del West

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Carol Neblett sop Minnie Plácido Domingoten Dick Johnson Sherrill Milnes bar Jack Rance Francis Egertonten Nick Robert Lloydbass Ashby Gwynne Howellbass Jake Wallace Paul Hudsonbass Billy Jackrabbit Anne Wilkens sop Wowkle Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Zubin Mehta

  1. Giacomo Puccini La Fanciulla Del West Synopsis

DG 474 840-2GOR2 (130‘ · ADD · T/t). Recorded 1977. Buy from Amazon


This opera depicts the triangular relationship between Minnie, the saloon owner and ‘mother’ to the entire town of gold miners, Jack Rance, the sheriff, and Dick Johnson (alias Ramerrez), a bandit leader. The music is highly developed in Puccini’s seamless lyrical style: the arias for the main characters emerge from the texture and return to it effortlessly. The vocal colours are strongly polarised with the cast being all male except for one travesti role and Minnie herself. The score bristles with robust melody as well as delicate scoring, betraying a masterly hand at work. Carol Neblett is a strong Minnie, vocally distinctive and well characterised, while Plácido Domingo and Sherrill Milnes make a good pair of suitors for the spunky little lady. Zubin Mehta conducts with real sympathy for the idiom.

Giacomo Puccini, Franco Capuana, Orchestra of Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Renata Tebaldi, Mario del Monaco, Cornell MacNeil, Giorgio Tozzi - Puccini: La Fanciulla del West - Music Save with Used - Very Good $6.75 Shipped next day from GA, United States. Listen to Puccini: La fanciulla del West, SC 78 (Live) by Emily Magee, Roberto Aronica, Claudio Sgura, Bruno Lazzaretti, John Paul Huckle, Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo & Juraj Valcuha on Apple Music. Stream songs including 'La fanciulla del West, SC 78: Introduction (Live)', 'La fanciulla del West, SC 78, Act I: Hello! La Fanciulla del West Giacomo Puccini (Composer), Antonino Votto (Conductor), Gigliola Frazzoni (Performer), Franco Corelli (Performer), Tito Gobbi (Performer) & 2. 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. Its highly-publicised premiere occurred in New York City in 1910. Listen to Puccini: La fanciulla del West on Spotify. Giacomo Puccini Album 1992 45 songs.

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Mara Zampierisop Minnie Plácido Domingoten Dick Johnson Juan Ponsbar Jack Rance Sergio Bertocchiten Nick Luigi Ronibass Ashby Mario Chingari bar Jake Wallace Aldo Bramantebass Billy Jackrabbit Nella Verrimez Wowkle Antonio Salvadoribar Sonora Ernesto Gavazziten Trin Giovanni Savoiardobar Sid Orazio Mori bar Bello Francesco Memeoten Harry Aldo Bottion ten Joe Ernesto Panariellobar Happy Pietro Spagnolibass Larkens Claudio Giombibass José Castro Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan / Lorin Maazel

Stage director Jonathan Miller

Video directorJohn Michael Phillips

Giacomo Puccini La Fanciulla Del WestGiacomo Puccini La Fanciulla Del West

Opus Arte OALS3004D (144’ · 4:3 · 2.0 · 0 · N/T/t/s). Recorded live 1991. Buy from Amazon

Giacomo Puccini La Fanciulla Del West

This DVD of La fanciulla del West presents Jonathan Miller’s atmospheric production for La Scala, with sets by Stefanos Lazaridis and costumes by Sue Blane. The cast is strong, and Lorin Maazel proves a warmer, more idiomatic Puccinian here than he generally was in his audio recordings for CBS/Sony. His direction makes one marvel afresh at the imagination and colour in this score, distinct from other Puccini operas in its obsession with the whole-tone scale.

Miller’s production takes the melodrama seriously, with realistic sets and period costumes. It even manages to bring off the improbable scene in Act 2 when Sherriff Rance finds Dick Johnson’s blood dripping down from the loft of Minnie’s cabin, leading to the game of poker when Minnie blatantly cheats. Though at the end Dick and Minnie get no further than the back of the stage instead of riding off into the sunset, the authentic gulp of emotion is well caught in this rare Puccini happy ending.

Plácido Domingo is in superb voice, and wins ovations for each of his big solos. Juan Pons is wonderfully firm and dark of tone as Jack Rance. Though Mara Zampieri as Minnie sings with clear focus and no suspicion of a wobble, the result is often near to hooting – a strong performance, none the less.

Giacomo Puccini La Fanciulla Del West Synopsis

Camerawork is a little fussy but not too distracting. Not only is the documentation fuller than usual in DVD booklets, with a facsimile of the opera house’s cast-list on the back, it also contains a complete (if minuscule) libretto and translation.