Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Girl of the Golden West (TV)

La fanciulla del West – Italian title
Girl of the Golden West – English title

A 2009 Dutch television production [De Nederlandse Opera (Amsterdam)]
Producer: Raimund Bauer
Director: Misjel Vermeiren, Nikolaus Lehnhoff
Story: David Belasco 
Teleplay: Guelfo Civinini, Carlo Zangarini
Photography: [color]
Music: Giacomo Puccini
Songs: sung by Choir of the Dutch Opera
Running time: 160 minutes

Minnie - Eva-Maria Westbroek
Sheriff Jack Rance -Lucio Gallo
Dick Johnson - Zoran Todorovich
Nick - Roman Sadnik
Ashby - Diogenes Randes
Sonora - Stephen Gadd
Trin - Jean-Léon Klostermann
Sid - Leo Greers
Bello - Peter Arnik
Harry - Pascal Pittie
Joe - Ruud Fiselier
Happy - Harry Teeuwen
Larkens - Patrick Schramm
Billy Jackrabbit- Tijl Faveyts 
Wowkle - Ellen Rabiner
Jake Wallace - André Morsch
José Castro - Roger Smeets
Pony Express Rider - Erik Slik
Conductor – Carlo Rizzi 

A simple girl and emotional innocent becomes a more complex woman in love with a villain but determined to build a life with him. You can see Minnie wrestle with the situation and make the choice that is right for her, as Minnie realigns her inner self with the reality of what her head and heart tell her that she must do.

This performance of Giacomo Puccini's opera Fanciulla del West, set in the American Old West, staged in opulent Hollywood style by Nikolaus Lehnhoff, who puts a modern spin on the story. The performance was recorded at the Nederlandse Opera, and features Eva-Maria Westbroek and Lucio Gallo in the leading roles. The performance was shown on Dutch television in 2009.

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