VIDEO: Jonas Kaufmann on La Fanciulla del West

In the video below watch as Jonas Kaufmann discusses his role with host Susanna Phillips during the October 27 Live in HD transmission.

LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST is now open at The Met! Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings Puccini's gun-slinging heroine in this romantic epic of the Wild West, with the heralded return of tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the role of the outlaw she loves. Tenor Yusif Eyvazov also sings some performances. Baritone eljko Lu?i? is the vigilante sheriff Jack Rance, and Marco Armiliato conducts.

Puccini's "American" opera, based on David Belasco's play The Girl of the Golden West, had its glamorous and highly publicized world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera, with the composer in the audience. The drama is set during the California Gold Rush, and the girl of the title is one of Puccini's most appealing heroines-a strong, independent woman determined to win the man she loves. Although it fell out of favor with audiences for a few decades following its original success, Fanciulla has rebounded in popularity in recent years and is now counted among Puccini's best works.

The opera unfolds in the mountains of California during the Gold Rush in 1849-50. The anachronistic presence of a Pony Express rider and a Wells Fargo agent would indicate a date after 1860, but historical accuracy is not the goal in this tale. Puccini was enchanted with Belasco's fictional setting, with its combination of mythic and grittily realistic elements.

For tickets and more visit: https://www.metopera.org/season/2018-19-season/la-fanciulla-del-west/


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