Met Opera on Demand Catalog
La Fanciulla del West
(Jan. 8, 2011)
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Librettist: Libretto by Guelfo Civinini and Carlo Zangarini, based on the play The Girl of the Golden West by David Belasco
Luisotti; Voigt, Giordani, Gallo
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 22 min.
Puccini’s musical vision of the American West is vividly brought to life in Giancarlo Del Monaco’s atmospheric production. Deborah Voigt is Minnie, the girl of the title and owner of a bar in a Californian mining camp. Marcello Giordani sings Dick Johnson, the bandit-turned-lover hunted by the cynical sheriff Jack Rance (Lucio Gallo), who wants Minnie for himself. Complete with whiskey-drinking cowboys, gunplay, a poker game, and a snowstorm, La Fanciulla del West is Puccini at his most colorful.