Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West
Though less familiar than Puccini’s greatest hits, this action-packed tribute to the American Wild West, which received its world premiere at the Met in 1910, is every bit as compelling. Its sweeping, evocative score deftly captures the feel of a Gold Rush–era mining camp—the perfect place for a sweet-talkin’ bandit to fall for a gun-totin’ bar owner with an enormous soprano voice and a heart of gold.
Eva-Maria Westbroek is Minnie, the gun-slinging heroine of Puccini’s opera of the Wild West. Jonas Kaufmann is her outlaw lover, Dick Johnson, and Željko Lučić as the vindictive Jack Rance, with Marco Armiliato on the podium.