La Fanciulla del West (DVD) - Puccini Festival 2005
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La Fanciulla Del West
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Release Date: 02/2010
Conductor: Alberto Veronesi
Orchestra: Orchestra Cittö Lirica
Ensemble: Chorus Cittö Lirica
Record Label: Arthaus Musik
Stage Direction: Ivan Stefanutti
Region: All Regions
Run Time: 138 minutes
Daniela Dessì, Fabio Armiliato, and Lucio Gallo star in this 2005 Puccini Festival (Torre Del Lago) production of the Puccini opera La Fanciulla del West, conducted by Alberto Veronesi.
- Recorded live from the Puccini Festival, Torre del Lago, 2005.
- Picture format: NTSC 4:3
- Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
La Fanciulla del West
Giacomo Puccini’s “American” opera, La Fanciulla del West, made its glamorous and much-publicized world premier in 1910 at the Met with the composer seated in the audience.
This romantic epic of the Wild West takes place in the mountains of California during the Gold Rush between 1849-1850 in a fictional setting, which features a combination of mythic and gritty realistic elements.
Most of the action in this three-act opera centers around the Polka Saloon where miners gather to drink, sing and play cards. It is there that Sherriff Jack Rance confesses his love to the gun-slinging heroine, Minnie— “Minnie, della mia casa” —but she spurns him, determined to win the man she loves, Dick Johnson. She does, but learns later he is the outlaw bandit being hunted. In the end, thanks to the mercy given by the miners, the couple rides away to start a new life together.
La Fanciulla del West was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera with Met stars Enrico Caruso and Emmy Destinn for whom Puccini created the leading roles of Dick Johnson and Minnie.
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