Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West

May 25, 2024, 12:00 pm

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Jonas Kaufmann as Dick Johnson and Eva-Maria Westbroek as Minnie in Puccini's La Fanciulla del West (Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera)

The first of two Puccini creations to have its world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera, La Fanciulla del West is a sweeping romance set during the California Gold Rush. Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek gives a fearless performance as Minnie, the opera’s gun-toting heroine, who runs a saloon for a camp of rambunctious miners. Opposite Westbroek, tenor Jonas Kaufmann sings Dick Johnson, the mysterious outlaw who wins Minnie’s heart despite his unsavory past. Baritone Željko Lučić rounds out the principal trio as the vindictive sheriff Jack Rance, and Marco Armiliato conducts a vividly cinematic staging by Giancarlo del Monaco.

Performance from October 27, 2018.