Wednesday, July 20, 2016

La fanciulla del West (1991)

La fanciulla del West – Italian title

A 1991 Italin television production [RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana (Rome), Teatro alla Scala di
Milano (Milan)]
Director: John Michael Phillips
Story: The Girl of the Golden West by David Belasco
Photography: [color]
Music: Lorin Maazel
Running time: 144 minutes

Minnie – Mara Zampieri
Jack Rance – Juan Pons
Dick Johnson – Plácido Domingo
Nick – Sergio Bertocchi
Ashby – Luigi Roni
Sonora – Antonio Salvadori
Trin –   Ernesto Gavazzi
Sid –    Giovanni Savoiardo
Bello – Orazio Mori
Harry – Francesco Memeo
Joe – Aldo Bottion
Happy – Ernesto Panariello
Larkens – Pietro Spagnoli
Billy Jackrabbit – Aldo Bramante
Jake Wallace – Marco Chingari
Wowkle – Nella Verri
José Castro – Claudio Giombi
Un postiglione - Ivan Del Manto

Puccini's opera about the 1849 gold rush in California. This time presented at the Teatro Alla Scala, Milan, Italy. It is a colorful and striking production, with realistic sets and in-period costumes that take the melodrama seriously...Domingo is in superb voice and rightly wins ovations for each of his big solos. Juan Pons too is wonderfully firm and dark of tone as Jack Rance, and Mara Zampieri as Minnie sings with fine, clear focus with no suspicion of wobble.

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