Opera in three acts (1910)

Composer Giacomo Puccini · Libretto by Guelfo Civinini and Carlo Zangarini based on the play „The Girl of the Golden West“ by David Belasco
In Italian with German and English surtitles | New Production

Friday, 22. March 2019
07:00 pm – 09:45 pm

Duration est. 2 hours 45 minutes · 1. Akt (est. 07:00 pm - 08:00 pm ) · Interval (est. 08:00 pm - 08:35 pm ) · 2.+3. Akt (est. 08:35 pm - 09:45 pm )

Introductory Event: 06:00 PM

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Premiere at 16. March 2019


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James Gaffigan
Andreas Dresen
Regie Mitarbeit
Frauke Meyer
Mathias Fischer-Dieskau
Sabine Greunig
Michael Bauer
Stellario Fagone
Rainer Karlitschek, Lukas Leipfinger

Anja Kampe
Jack Rance
John Lundgren
Dick Johnson
Brandon Jovanovich
Kevin Conners
Bálint Szabó
Tim Kuypers
Manuel Günther
Alexander Milev
Justin Austin
Galeano Salas
Freddie De Tommaso
Christian Rieger
Norman Garrett
Billy Jackrabbit
Oleg Davydov
Noa Beinart
Jake Wallace
Sean Michael Plumb
José Castro
Oğulcan Yilmaz
Ein Postillon
Ulrich Reß
  • Bayerisches Staatsorchester
  • Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper

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A scene steeped in melancholy and sadness: The gold diggers in Puccini’s opera La fanciulla del West based on David Belasco’s Drama The Girl of the Golden West have lost all hope of wealth and riches. The bitter reality – the bleak slog of hard work. Much laborious digging brings only a little gold; barely enough to keep body and soul together. Minnie alone, the only woman in the camp, barmaid and person of authority, brings a little comfort and affection to their existence. But of course she too longs for true and pure love. And here is the mysterious newcomer, who also harbours a dark secret. He is head of a brutal band of thieves, with money on his head. Can he leave his past behind him, start again or even find forgiveness in such an inhospitable world? And with enhanced, highly emotional sound dramaturgy Puccini spears the opera at the question of what is stronger:  Love or law?


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James Gaffigan, geboren in New York, studierte am New England Conservatory of Music in Boston sowie an der Shepherd School of Music der Universität von Houston. Von 2003 bis 2006 war er musikalischer Assistent von Franz Welser-Möst beim Cleveland Orchestra. 2004 gewann er den Internationalen Dirigentenwettbewerb Sir Georg Solti. Von 2009 bis 2012 war er fester Gastdirigent beim San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. 2010 wurde er Chefdirigent des Luzerner Sinfonieorchesters. Zudem ist er Erster Gastdirigent der Niederländischen Radio-Philharmonie. Gastengagements führten ihn u. a. zum London Philharmonic Orchestra, dem Orchestre de Paris, dem Orchestre National de France, dem Deutschen Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, der Staatskapelle Dresden, dem Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, der Philharmonie Seoul sowie an die Metropolitan Opera in New York, die Wiener Staatsoper, die Staatsoper Hamburg und zum Glyndebourne Festival. (Stand: 2019)

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