Saturday, July 30, 2016

La fanciulla del West - 2012

La fanciulla del West – Italian title

A 2012 Austrian Production [Vienna Staatsopera production (Vienna)]
Producer: Marco Arturo Marelli
Director: Marco Arturo Marelli
Story: David Belasco
Teleplay: Guelfo Civinini, Carlo Zangarini
Photography: [color]
Music: Giacomo Puccini
Running time: 138 minutes

Minnie - Nina Stemme
Dick Johnson - Jonas Kaufmann
Jack Rance - Tomasz Konieczny
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst

A celebrated new production of Puccini’s La fanciulla del West from the Vienna State opera featuring Jonas Kaufmann and Nina Stemme. Staged by Marco Arturo Marelli, who sets it in a modern-day mining village, with the feel of a gritty modern drama, during the American gold rush of 1849. An unlikely setting for an Italian opera, but one that has a happy ending. It tells the tale of Minnie, the bartender in the saloon whom all the local men adore, and Dick Johnson alias Ramerrez, a notorious bandit. Dick and Minnie fall in love on first meeting, so much so that he vows to change his life as a bandit, sung by two contemporary great singers: Nina Stemme and Jonas Kaufmann. A new production from Marco Arturo Marelli brought one of Puccini’s rarely performed works to the Vienna State Opera stage in September 2013. Jonas Kaufmann in his role debut as the wanted and notorious bandit Ramerrez proves ideally cast, full of power, with his breathtakingly beautiful baritone timbre. "Nina Stemme and Jonas Kaufmann are the opera’s must-see couple for a generation… The rich playing of the Vienna orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst shows up the colour and detail of Puccini’s score to spectacular effect” Financial Times.

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