La fanciulla del West

Opera in three acts (1910)

music by

Giacomo Puccini 

text by

Guelfo Civinini and Carlo Zangarini after David Belasco

California, at the heyday of the Gold Rush: the place of people’s dreams turns out to be an inexorable wasteland, governed by the law of the jungle. Minnie’s bar is the only place where people live in peaceful coexistence. It is revered by gold seekers and fiercely presided over by the gruff Sheriff Rance. But when Minnie falls in love with a stranger who turns out to be the notorious bandit Johnson, the fragile community is turned upside down.

Giacomo Puccini’s works, especially his arias from »La Bohème«, »Tosca« and »Madama Butterfly«, are among the most played operas. »La Fanciulla del West«, by contrast, which was premiered at the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1910, stands so much in the shadow of his other operas that it is only being performed at Unter den Linden now for the first time. At first glance, Puccini’s Wild West opera, in which the outcasts of society meet in search of wealth and a stroke of luck, has fewer moments of poetry and melody than most of his operas. On the other hand, he succeeded in creating a portrait of a community full of hardship and shattered dreams. The composer was rightly proud of his score’s refined timbres. Anton von Webern, who was not renowned for his affinity with Italian opera, commented appreciatively: »The score has an entirely original sound. Magnificent. Every beat is surprising. Very special sounds.«

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Premiere
Die Premiere wird in Kooperation mit rbb kultur aufgezeichnet und live auf www.staatsoper-berlin.de gestreamt und im Hörfunk auf rbb kultur gesendet. Die Aufzeichnung wird außerdem in Kürze für 30 Tage in der ARD-Mediathek verfügbar sein. 
Duration: approx. 2:45 hrs including one interval after act 1
Language: In Italian Language with German and English surtitles

Cast

Duration: approx. 2:45 hrs including one interval after act 1
Language: In Italian Language with German and English surtitles

Cast

Duration: approx. 2:45 hrs including one interval after act 1
Language: In Italian Language with German and English surtitles

Cast

Duration: approx. 2:45 hrs including one interval after act 1
Language: In Italian Language with German and English surtitles

Cast

Duration: approx. 2:45 hrs including one interval after act 1
Language: In Italian Language with German and English surtitles

Cast

For the last time this season
Duration: approx. 2:45 hrs including one interval after act 1
Language: In Italian Language with German and English surtitles

Cast

Start of single ticket sales on 26. March 2022 12 noon. Start of advance ticket sales for pre-sale customers seven days before.
Duration: approx. 2:45 hrs including one interval after act 1
Language: In Italian Language with German and English surtitles

Cast

Start of single ticket sales on 26. March 2022 12 noon. Start of advance ticket sales for pre-sale customers seven days before.
Duration: approx. 2:45 hrs including one interval after act 1
Language: In Italian Language with German and English surtitles

Cast

Family Performance
Start of single ticket sales on 26. March 2022 12 noon. Start of advance ticket sales for pre-sale customers seven days before.
Duration: approx. 2:45 hrs including one interval after act 1
Language: In Italian Language with German and English surtitles

Cast

Start of single ticket sales on 26. March 2022 12 noon. Start of advance ticket sales for pre-sale customers seven days before.
Duration: approx. 2:45 hrs including one interval after act 1
Language: In Italian Language with German and English surtitles

Cast

Medien

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