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After watching David Belasco's play The Girl of the Golden West on his 1907 visit to New York, Puccini resolved to set this somewhat unusual love story of the Wild West to music on the opera stage. The dramatic material proved to be a good choice, with an effectively moving plot that takes viewers to the denouement with a sure hand. The character of Minnie is also a highly suitable addition to Puccini's ranks of heroines: driven by love and passion, she thus has no fear of risking even her own life. 

The piece is staged at the Opera House in a production directed by Vasily Barkhatov, who is regularly engaged to work all over Russia and Europe.

 

CAST



Conductor

Ricardo Frizza

 



Minnie

Csilla Boross

 



Jack Rance, sheriff

Alexandru Agache

 



Dick Johnson (Ramerrez), a bandit

Boldizsár László

 



Nick, bartender

Péter Balczó

 



Ashby, a Wells Fargo agent

Marcell Bakonyi

 



Sonora, a miner

Antal Cseh

 



Trin, a miner

Gergely Ujvári

 



Sid, a miner

Lajos Geiger

 



Bello, a miner

Attila Erdős

 



Harry, a miner

Tivadar Kiss

 



Joe, a miner

Péter Kiss

 



Happy, a miner

Róbert Rezsnyák

 



Jim Larkens, a miner

Géza Gábor

 



Billy Jackrabbit, a Red Indian

András Kőrösi

 



Wowkle, his wife

Lusine Sahakyan

 



Jake Wallace, a traveling camp minstrel

András Káldi Kiss

 



José Castro, a mestizo

András Kiss



 

 

AUTHORS



Libretto based on David Belasco's The Girl of the Golden West by

Guelfo Civinini, Carlo Zangarini

 



Director

Vasily Barkhatov

 



Set designer

Zinovy Margolin

 



Costume designer

Olga Shaishmelashvili

 



Lighting designer

Alexander Sivaev

 



Dramaturg

Eszter Orbán

 



English surtitles

Arthur Roger Crane

 



Hungarian surtitles

Eszter Orbán

 



Chorus director

Gábor Csiki


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